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Covid-19 Relief Fund
Covid-19 brings with it an economic deep freeze the world over. Economies worldwide are staggering under the devastating effects of the lockdown. Johann Els, chief economist at Old Mutual, said the economy could shrink by 2% this year and the country’s budget deficit...
Impact of COVID-19: Managing essential goods services across agricultural value chains is critical for food security
Over the past few days during the 21-day-Covid-19 lockdown, the complex nature of South Africa’s food supply chains has come under the spotlight. These supply chains are a web of formal and informal interactions between agricultural inputs, logistics, farmers, spazas,...
Massive fuel drop helps offset cost pressures for the agriculture sector
Comment by Paul Makube, Senior Agricultural economist at FNB Agri-Business The South African agriculture sector as well as consumer can breathe a sigh of relief following the announcement of a massive fuel price decrease of R1.76/ litre of both the retail price of the...
Are the fresh produce markets open?
The markets will be open to all members of the public in the midst of the lockdown and continue to trade and operate under normal trading hours. The Cape Town Fresh Produce Market published an action plan. Access it via this link: See Cape Town Fresh Produce Market...
Implementing the Covid-19 lockdown regulations
The recently announced 21 Day COVID-19 Lockdown Regulations has understandably created much anxiety within the agriculture sector. Minister Ivan Meyer, assures the farmers and farmworkers that in terms of Regulation No. 398 of the Disaster Management Act, 2002, the...
How to contain the Corona pandemic: health and safety should enjoy the highest priority
The agricultural and agribusiness sectors, who have been granted a special dispensation to continue working under the present lockdown circumstances, needs to strictly adhere to the Government Gazette published regulations. The majority of enterprises in the...
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