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Losses mount in Western Cape farm sector

The agriculture sector has experienced a production decline of 20% as a severe drought hits farmlands.

Farms in the Western Cape are suffering under the current drought.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - South Africa’s Western Cape province said its agriculture sector could lose around R5.9 billion, representing a production decline of 20%, as a severe drought hits farmlands.

Record wheat losses and a strong rand have pushed up the figure by R1 billion from previous estimates, said Alan Winde, the Western Cape’s minister of economic opportunities in a statement.

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