SA lost 72 000 agricultural jobs since the start of Covid-19 lockdown

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An aerial view of workers harvesting Chardonnay grapes on a Western Cape wine farm.
An aerial view of workers harvesting Chardonnay grapes on a Western Cape wine farm.
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South Africa's Covid-19 lockdown has claimed the livelihoods of 72 000 people in the agricultural sector.

Employment in this sector decreased by 8.2% in the third quarter of 2020, from 880 000 people in the third quarter of 2019 to 808 000 in the same quarter of 2020.

A leading agriculture union has warned of more job losses and even more significant socio-economic challenges should lockdowns be imposed again.

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