COVID-19 in SA: Job losses in the agricultural sector

The agricultural sector is one that's been hard hit by the COVID-19 lockdown but one farmer has managed to keep his operation going, despite the many challenges. Courtesy #DStv403

MARBLE HALL, Limpopo - Some workers in the agriculture sector could lose their jobs because of the COVID-19 lockdown.

The regulations have had a devastating financial impact, especially on wine and tobacco production but farmers in Limpopo say they’re not giving up and are trying to adapt to the new normal as best they can.

The agricultural sector is one that's been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic but one farmer has managed to keep his operation going, despite the many challenges.

"We had problems with the ports, also with the exporting of the fruit and to get it out, and then later on came the problem of diesel supply," said Piet Engelbrecht.

"All of that we went through, and at the end we managed to overcome it, but it was a challenge."

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The agricultural sector is one that's been hard hit by the COVID-19 lockdown but one farmer has managed to keep his operation going, despite the many challenges.

The agricultural sector is one that's been hard hit by the COVID-19 lockdown but one farmer has managed to keep his operation going, despite the many challenges.

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Workers have also been dealing with the hardships of the lockdown.

"I haven't been able to go home yet, as we are not allowed to travel long-distance. But we also need to remember that we must protect our children because we don't know if we could be carrying the virus," said Lesiba Makola, a farmworker.

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Some parts of the sector need drastic measures to be taken to stay afloat.

Meanwhile, some workers are still waiting to be paid from the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

COVID-19 has taught farmers about the need to plan for the unexpected much better and to think carefully about the seeds they plant.

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eNCA