JOHANNESBURG – The sugar industry growers are calling for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s intervention in an effort to help save the multibillion-rand sector from imminent collapse.
The distress signal comes after grain farmers recently embarked on a drive to raise at least R3 billion to assist maize producers affected by drought.
SA Cane Growers’ Association chairperson Graeme Stainbank said yesterday that the country's sugar sector was in an unprecedented state of crisis.
He said the R14bn industry was at risk of collapse, along with the 350 000 jobs it provided and the 1 million people it supported.
“Sugar cane growers, emerging farmers, farmworkers and surrounding communities could soon disappear if government fails to take urgent action,” added Stainbank....
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