The COVID 19 regulations have declared agriculture and food sector value chain, which is responsible for food security as essential service. Harvesting and storage of all farm products (wool, and mohair, amongst others) are included in the definition of food as an essential product.

The government of the Eastern Cape has been steadfast in ensuring that the entire food value chain, from farm-related operations, agro-processing and food manufacturing, logistics and related services, wholesale and retail services, and all support functions that ensure efficient delivery of the agro-food system, have been functional to ensure that people have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food.

The agriculture sector has a massive responsibility to apply all precautionary measures necessary to prevent the further spreading of this deadly virus. It is against this background that the MEC of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform will be visiting farms in Sunday’s River Valley as follows:

Date : 16 April 2020
Venue : Willowtree Farm
Time : 12h00

MEC’s visit will also be joined by the Department of Labour’s assessors.

For further details, please contact Mr. Lungisa on 0733457229.

Issued by the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform

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