Western Cape producers have donated tons of fresh produce over the past week to support relief organisations assisting communities that are experiencing food shortages during the COVID-19 lockdown period.
Jannie Strydom, CEO of Agri Western Cape, says the country will have to deal with many communities within the next few weeks who will not know where their next plate of food will come from. He says agricultural producers understand the humanitarian crisis that may arise during this period.
“As one of the most important role players in the Western Cape, the agricultural sector accepts its critical role in the well-being of the province and all its residents. The donation of fresh produce is our contribution to assist our communities in this very difficult time and making a difference in people’s lives,” he said.
Strydom thanked producers and farm workers who continue to work to produce food during the lockdown period. He also thanked the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning for their role in coordinating food donations and aid projects.