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Watch: Farmer Frustrated After 12,000 Litres Milk Spoilt Due To Loadshedding

“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.

Farmer Frustrated After 12,000 Litres Milk Spoilt Due To Loadshedding-SurgeZirc SA
Farmer Frustrated After 12,000 Litres Milk Spoilt Due To Loadshedding

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.

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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”.

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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.

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.

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“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.”

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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.”

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Elize Coetzee for SurgeZirc SA
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Elize Coetzee, a seasoned journalist, is the driving force behind SurgeZirc SA’s world news and world politics coverage. With an unwavering commitment to truth, Elize delves into global affairs, providing live updates, in-depth investigations, and thought-provoking analysis. Whether it’s geopolitical tensions, international diplomacy, or breaking stories, Elize’s incisive reporting keeps readers informed and engaged.
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