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Less water means less wine - SA grape harvest down 15% on 2017

9 May 2018 8:28 AM
According to NPO Vinpro producers only a quarter of the usual harvests have been planted as a result of the drought.

There are fears of potential job losses in the agricultural sector because of the Cape drought crisis.

It's hitting the wine industry particularly hard, with production down considerably from last year.

In March the Western Cape government carried out a risk analysis for agriculture in the province.

We were estimating that we were going to be about twenty percent down. What this is with Vinpro, we get an end of harvest report...and we're fifteen percent down on last year, so not as bad as we were predicting.

Alan Winde, MEC for Economic Opportunities at Western Cape Government

We mustn't forget that it isn't just us, in actual fact the biggest bulk wine producers in the world - that's Spain, France, Italy - are also down.

Alan Winde, MEC for Economic Opportunities at Western Cape Government

According to Vinpro, only 1 000 hectares of grapes have been planted, that's 3 000 less that usual.

Winde says the good news is that the shortage means the cost of wine will inevitably increase.

Hopefully the prices that do go up trickle all the way down to the farms because that is actually where the pressure is sitting right now.

Alan Winde, MEC for Economic Opportunities at Western Cape Government

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9 May 2018 8:28 AM

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