Coronavirus impacts revival plan of sugar industry in South Africa

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The lockdown imposed to check the spread of the coronavirus pandemic has affected South Africa’s plans to revive the sugar industry. Around 35,000 people get employment in the sugar industry. The sugar tax and the decrease in the local demand have affected the sale of the sugar The situation has also worsened due to the increase in sugar import.

Ncumisa Mcata-Mhlauli, chief director of agro-processing, department of trade and industry said, “Our revival plan for sugar sector has been affected due to coronavirus. The sale of sugar in the market has been affected due to the lockdown.”

Trade, industry and competition minister Ebrahim Patel recently gazetted the master plan, designating it a priority supplier in SA.

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