The North West Department of Agriculture and Rural Development assures the Public and Farmers that agriculture and food supply sector is one of the essential system and will remain functional during the 21- days lockdown as announced by president to deal with the COVID -19 pandemic.
Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development was today briefing the media and announced that Agricultural production in all its forms will remain uncompromised. “This includes all services including provision of Veterinary and advisory services. Live auctions of livestock and sale of other agricultural commodities will continue but under the strict conditions as prescribed by the President” said Minister Didiza.
The departmental officials will continue to work with the industry on sector operational procedures that will ensure adherence to the measures announced by the President that includes provision of sanitation to employees within the sector especially farm workers. Food value chain role players are advised to strictly comply and adhere to strict health regulations to contain and arrest COVID-19.
MEC Desbo Mohono urge the public not to embark on panic buying as the province has sufficient food supply for all and to be considerate and purchase only what they need.
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