Fresh produce markets need support of their municipalities [News Coverage, Sowetan]

“…Demonstrating their significance to food supply chains, the department of agriculture, land reform and rural development’s latest report on fresh produce markets showed that despite the pandemic, nearly 3.2 million tons of fresh fruit and vegetables to the value of R19bn  were sold at the 20 major South African markets in 2020.

Of this, potatoes were the most popular, totalling 37.4% or more than a third of all vegetable sales at markets alone. Potatoes South Africa believes that the rand amount could be closer to R21.5bn in 2022 with one caveat: markets need better support, maintenance, and an immediate reinvestment into upgrading infrastructure and security to prevent farmers from seeking alternative solutions.” (Willie Jacobs, Potatoes SA CEO)

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