CEO at Agri Western Cape, Carl Opperman says in his 40 year career in agriculture, the recent drought is the worst situation they ever had to manage.
He says he recently visited the Karoo where farming is extensive and the situation is dire.
We are running into a massive crisis at this point in time. What is happening in the extensive farming areas is devastating.— Carl Opperman, CEO at Agri Western Cape
Opperman says the farmers over the last few years discovered that water would become a scarcity and started making provisions for other means of farming.
He says the use of water in production processes has been drastically altered and have put in place the more economical use of water.
What we are also doing is that the orchards that should've been replaced in 5 years time, we are taking them out now as well as vineyards.— Carl Opperman, CEO at Agri Western Cape
Experts have warned that the current drought situation might affect the price of food. Opperman says it all depends on the amount of food that is going to be produced but he is already predicting that there will be an increase.
What you need to realise is that the South African farmer is a price taker and not a price maker...— Carl Opperman, CEO at Agri Western Cape
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