n Farmer’s Weekly - Gloom, but not doom : on the market floor

Volume 2016, Issue 16010
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



recently attended the annual producers and market agents' information day hosted in Ceres by Korkom (korkom.co.za). The aim of the event is to give producers and market agents the latest production and marketing statistics, trends and forecasts for potatoes and onions in and around Ceres. Potatoes South Africa (PSA) provided an overview of the national potato production and marketing scenario. The mood was sombre as the impact of the drought was highlighted by speaker after speaker. PSA's Louise Swart said that in January, one million fewer pockets of potatoes had been delivered to markets than in the same month last year. This scarcity is reflected in high prices. A market agent told me that 10kg potato pockets were going for R75 each at his market that very morning.

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