Pick n Pay gives shoppers heads up on ‘affected’ shelf stock

Pick n Pay says it is purchasing the produce to support farmers struggling amid the drought.

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CAPE TOWN - Retailer Pick n Pay is telling customers some fruits and vegetables are not up to their usual standards due to the ongoing drought.

Signs are up in some stores to inform shoppers.

Pick n Pay has sought to allay customers' concerns regarding the shape and size of some of its fruit and vegetables.

The retailer says while the produce does not conform to its high standards, it's perfectly good to consume.

It says talks are underway with suppliers and price increases will be kept at a minimum until the issue has been addressed.

Pick n Pay says it is purchasing the produce to support farmers struggling amid the drought.

SOME RELIEF OFFERED TO STRUGGLING FARMERS

Last week, the Land Bank said that drought-stricken farmers could apply for concessional loans to help see them through the lean season.

The bank, which focuses on the agriculture sector, said in a statement it had raised R400 million from the government-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) for drought relief measures.

It said farmers in provinces declared drought disaster areas KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, North West, Limpopo and Free State could apply for the loans immediately.

South Africa last year recorded its lowest rainfall levels since records began in 1904, scorching the key maize crop, which is forecast to be 27 percent lower this year, and parching grazing land used for livestock.

Additional reporting by Reuters