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WC drought threatens livelihoods of seasonal workers - Agri WC

16 February 2018 1:03 PM
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Farmers
Wheat
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Agri WC

Agri Western Cape says more job losses can be expected on livestock farms, where seasonal workers are hardest hit by the drought.

Many seasonal workers have lost out on work this harvesting season due to the drought and damaged crops, says Agri Western Cape.

CEO Carl Opperman says that many livestock farms are trying their best to keep their farm workers.

Opperman explains that many farmers in the Swartland area, considered to be the country's breadbasket, have battled to cover their costs and are in debt due to poor wheat harvests.

Read: Drought is harshly affecting the economy of SA - Economist

We're trying to curtail the job losses at this point. It's more of the seasonal workers [who are affected].

Carl Opperman, Agri Western Cape CEO

Some of theses farms are closing down because there is no fodder; there's nothing there. They're trying to keep their personnel.

Carl Opperman, Agri Western Cape CEO

A qualified farm worker is a scarce commodity. You do your best not to lose them.

Carl Opperman, Agri Western Cape CEO

Some of them didn't harvest even one kilogram of grain.

Carl Opperman, Agri Western Cape CEO

Take a listen to the Agri Western Cape CEO explain:


16 February 2018 1:03 PM
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Farmers
Wheat
WC drought
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