Farmers buckle under fuel price hikes

Last year farmers were expected to lose 1 billion due to price hikes. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Farmers are bracing themselves for further knock-on effects on production following the latest increase in the price of diesel.

Farmers were expected to lose R1-billion due to price hikes last year.

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This year they are faced with more crises between droughts, electricity price hikes and now diesel prices.

Farmer Dawie Roux says he feels like farmers are fighting a losing battle.

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You have to run your business, to keep it financially stable. What we do it we cutting cost.

"You don’t hire unnecessary labour. With the Eskom and the power cuts and that, we work on short time." 

While farmers like Roux fight to stay afloat, the consumer will soon pay more for basic products.