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HORTGRO COVID-19: NOTICE 24 March 2020

HORTGRO COVID-19 UPDATE March 24, 2020

We are well aware of the questions surrounding ongoing activities on farms, packhouses, and in the logistics system, including transport of product and workers.

We are trying our best to find answers to the many questions, and will disseminate information and guidelines as soon as we can.

For now, we can confirm that the agricultural value chain is classified as a so-called “essential service”.

Farms and packhouses will, therefore, be able to continue their activities within the constraints of risk management practices and that products will be able to flow to domestic and foreign markets.

We expect to find answers to certain aspects within the next 48 hours. The continued transport of workers and inputs, including provisions and authorizations regarding trips to and from workplaces, will be clarified in this regard.

In the meantime, interest groups are requested to look at the guidelines and background documentation on Hortgro’s website: https://www.hortgro.co.za/news/covid-19-and-the-deciduous-fruit-industry/

Let’s all stay calm and comply with the guidelines and instructions in the interest of yourself and the wider community.