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In what could lead to huge job losses and food inflation, SA’s commercial farmers have threatened to close all labour intensive divisions and switch to mechanisation to produce food after employment & labour minister Thulas Nxesi’s decision to hike farm workers’ salaries 16%.

Agriculture, which is continuing to operate during the Covid-19 lockdown, is considered one of the beacons of the economy. It contributes about 3% to GDP and is responsible for about 900,000 jobs...

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