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CanegrowersBusiness Report writes that sugar industry growers have called for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s intervention in an effort to help save the multibillion-rand sector from imminent collapse.  

SA Cane Growers’ Association chairperson Graeme Stainbank said on Monday that the sugar sector was in an unprecedented state of crisis.  He indicated that the R14bn industry was at risk of collapse, along with the 350,000 jobs it provided and the one million people it supported.  “Sugar cane growers, emerging farmers, farmworkers and surrounding communities could soon disappear if government fails to take urgent action,” Stainbank warned.  He indicated that the problems facing the industry were numerous and included unsteady rainfalls and the effects of a three-year drought.  “These challenges are coming together in a perfect storm.  If we don’t do something, they will kill the sugar industry – a sector that contributes close to R14bn to the South African economy,” Stainbank said.  He called on the government to grant the industry tariff protection to shield it from cheap imports, to tighten restrictions to prohibit sugar that wasn't subject to duties from entering the country and to invest in innovations including ethanol production.

  • Read Luyolo Mkentane’s report on this story in full at Business Report
  • See too, Ramaphosa said ‘sweet nothing’ about scary state of sugar sector, at BusinessLive
  • Read the Cane Growers Association’s press statement in this regard at Politicsweb

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