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Cape drought could cost agriculture sector 35 000 jobs

17 October 2017 5:40 PM
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Drought
Cape Town
Water crisis

Western Cape Agricultural MEC Alan Winde says that horticultural farmers have been the hardest hit in the local sector.

Provincial Agricultural MEC Alan Winde says the Western Cape drought could lead to a potential 35 000 job losses in the sector.

According to Winde, horticultural farmers have been the hardest hit by dwindling water resources in the local agricultural sector.

He says wine grapes, apples and table grapes are the three worst affected crops.

Job losses are predicted to have an impact on 27% on the agricultural industry. This equates to R4.9 billion.

Winde explains that government officials are working on strategies to mitigate the job losses and help support Cape farmers.

Take a listen to him explain:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Cape drought could cost agriculture sector 35 000 jobs


17 October 2017 5:40 PM
Tags:
Drought
Cape Town
Water crisis

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