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Western Cape minister thanks farmers for continued food production

Western Cape minister Ivan Meyer has thanked farmers and agri workers for continued food production and taking steps to stop the spread of COVID-19

“This special dispensation was given to producers of food to ensure that our ability to produce food is not compromised,” the minister said.

“The initiative by Western Cape producers to donate fresh product to FoodForward SA is indeed an act of unselfish solidarity with our fight against COVID-19 and the increasing possibility of hunger amongst the most vulnerable in our society.”

The minister welcomes the National Minister’s announcement to assist small-holder farmers with food production. The aim is to secure food for the next six months.

The focus will be on poultry, vegetable winter field crops, fruit and livestock production, the minister added.

The Western Cape Government will continue to support farmers through its commercialisation programme. Fund has been allocated for the establishment of three cold rooms in the Overberg region to improve market access and create more jobs in the sector.