Consumers could face shortage of fresh produce

SA consumers will be forced to dig deeper in their pockets as supermarkets struggle to replenish their dwindling stock of fresh produce because of heavy rains inland last month.

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A buyer for Fruit and Veg City, who preferred to remain anonymous said consumers, would have to expect a spike in fresh produce and vegetable prices, “as famers are busy replanting, and the situation could normalise within the next few weeks”.

After several weeks of incessant rains in the north eastern parts of the country, farmers in Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Gauteng were calculating losses in infrastructure damage.

Agri Mpumalanga general manager Hennie Laas said the overall damage was valued at over R500 million.

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“Any shortage of crops does have an effect on price. PicknPay has experienced shortages, but has managed through our supply chain and distribution planning to mitigate against these as far as possible,” Anthony Brown, divisional manager of the chain’s fresh produce division.