Thursday 21 November 2013 06:13
A major farming group, the Du Toit group at Ceres in the Boland, Western Cape, has estimated its loss of income after last Friday's hail storm at R70 million.
Marketing manager, Pieter du Toit, says the damage to their apple and pear orchards is so extensive that no new contracts for seasonal workers will be signed.
“It was the biggest storm we ever experienced as the group. We are busy assessing. As part of the whole crop about 40% has been affected. We have less fruit to harvest, less to pack along. In the whole supply chain there's going to be less jobs available.”
Meanwhile, the impending European Union ban decision on South Africa's citrus imports has caused jitters in the citrus industry, especially emerging farmers.
The move follows the interception of 35 citrus shipments from South Africa to the EU blocs that were contaminated with the fungal black spot. The EU is expected to take a decision on this matter by the end of this month.