The Western Cape is facing a jobs bloodbath as 50‚000 workers in the agriculture sector might lose their jobs due to the drought.A rise in prices for some vegetables and fruit may also be on the cards as farmers have been forced to cut production.During a presentation to Parliament on Wednesday‚ head of the Western Cape local government ministry Graham Paulse painted a grim picture of the agricultural sector. "Social welfare — the impact [will be] significant. It is estimated there will be agricultural job losses in the region of about 50‚000."In his report‚ he said the lay-offs could lead to social and humanitarian problems. In addition many might move to the Cape Town metro or other towns to find work."[The impact on agriculture] is significant ... in Ceres‚ 50% less onions have been planted and 50% less potatoes. This is a direct result of the water shortages in that area with an estimated loss of about R40m in wages to agri-workers‚" said Paulse. "The factory in Lutzville that m...

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