A dairy farmer in KwaZulu-Natal lost 12,000 litres of milk after it turned sour due to “power issues.”
Alan Stratford tweeted that the milk had gone sour due to a power outage. He jokingly thanked Eskom for his loss.
He said his dairy had backup power, but “when all your controls get burnt by the power supply, that is the result as nothing works”.
Thank you Eskom for your Poor service….what a loss pic.twitter.com/1tHIID8Tda
— Alan Stratford (@AlanStratford1) January 22, 2023
Stratford also tweeted a video of his milk buyer being forced to dump milk due to power outages, saying in Zulu that people will go hungry.
Bad bad news…my milk buyer also lost milk due to power issues …. dumping milk . .uyafiwe indlalo …sizolamba pic.twitter.com/BAJ5Ij4ZmV
— Alan Stratford (@AlanStratford1) January 23, 2023
Sandy la Marque, CEO of the KZN Agricultural Union (Kwanalu), expressed grave concern about the sector’s impact from load-shedding.
“The constant disruptions to farming activities are impacting on food security, safety and security on farms, provision of water to animals and irrigation systems, production lines and cold chains are disrupted — the severe impact list goes on and on,” she said.
“In addition, reports of slow and limited assistance when there are breakdowns, exorbitant line fees with limited service, recurring maintenance issues, for example, repeated phase failures, are unattended — again, the list goes on.”
This week, Kwanalu will meet with Eskom, where farmer representatives will discuss critical and life-threatening issues.
“The agricultural sector has a number of proposed solutions and while we are committed, we urgently seek quick interventions and short-, medium- and long-term solutions.”