R85m injection for KZN canegrowers hit by unrest

R85m injection for KZN canegrowers hit by unrest

The South African Canegrowers Association says the R85 million injection for KwaZulu-Natal farmers will go a long way in helping growers still struggling to get back to operational sustainability following the civil unrest.

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The funding has been granted by the Industrial Development Corporation.

It's expected to benefit 192 canegrowers affected by the rioting in July.

The Canegrowers Association's Andrew Russell says the relief is welcome after the difficulties some cane farmers experienced during that time.

"All of the sugar mills were closed and all of the logistic routes were closed.

"Following the unrest there were about 135 000 tonnes that were not milled it had deteriorated to an extent that it wasn't possible to mill that cane anymore, and those growers also did not qualify for any kind of unrest insurance or Sasria insurance.

"So this is going to make an enormous difference to those farmers who have lost their revenue."


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