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Continued load shedding to impact agriculture, food inflation

Loss of electricity to add more pressure to farmers who are battling tough economic conditions.

Agri SA says it is concerned about the negative impact of load shedding on the agricultural sector and the broader value chain.

Eskom implemented stage 3 load shedding on Sunday as a result of a shortage capacity, which has continued throughout the week. 

Paul Makube, senior agricultural economist at FNB, says the immediate impact will be on input costs and maintaining operations for farmers. He says that if load shedding is sustained, and there is no security of electricity supply in the long term, it will be costlier to produce food, which will affect the cost of food for consumers.

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