Escalating load-shedding is impeding the ability of fruit producers to irrigate their crops, various agricultural associations have said, warning that sustained power cuts pose a major threat to the cold storage chain required to keep produce in mint condition for export markets.          

SA’s agricultural sector, a key driver of economic growth, exports roughly half of its produce in value terms and requires cold storage to keep fresh and frozen perishable fruits and vegetables at a desired temperature to maintain the quality of products for sale...

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