AGRICULTURE NEWS - Ongoing load-shedding could have a catastrophic impact on irrigated crops in central South Africa, according to agricultural leaders in the region.
Francois Wilken, Free State Agriculture (FSA) president, said irrigated wheat was at a very sensitive pollination stage and a lack of moisture could result in yield losses.
“Producers [have had] load-shedding twice a day after the implementation of Phase 2 load-shedding [last Wednesday]. Coupled with the heatwave conditions [that are] prevailing over large parts of the country, load-shedding poses a real danger to the quality of crops at the moment,” he said.
According to an Eskom directive, the possibility of load-shedding remained low for the rest of the week.