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Farmers are extremely concerned about the current situation.
Farmers are extremely concerned about the current situation.
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Load shedding is a "disaster" for SA's farmers, with agriculture bodies warning it could impact food security as it is already resulting in rotten fruit and vegetables, impacting the quality of crops, the ability to milk, and making sugarcane more susceptible to disease.

South Africa has suffered high levels of load shedding over recent days, which meant that the cooling of products in warehouses and greenhouse tunnel temperature controls were compromised. Also, perishable produce couldn't be packed during load shedding.  

On farms, the single biggest load shedding challenge is pumping water - whether it is to supply livestock or to irrigate crops. 

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