Agriculture, when comparing to the devastation expected in the economy due to an over robust lockdown approach, is in a very good space. In my opinion the biggest impact will be climatic – if we have a good rainy season agriculture could quite well grow and be possibly the only sector to increase employment. With the rand tanking with levels consistently over R18 to the dollar, although there has been some claw back to mid R17 levels, all agricultural produce and fruit exporters have had bumper revenue returns. Demand in international markets are holding strong. Based on initial Government regulations the Covid-19 rules were:
- If a pack house had a single infection the pack house was to close and quarantine for 14 days with deep cleansing, or
- If one of the picking team succumbed, picking to stop for 14 days and like the pack house a 14-day quarantine.
- No salesmen allowed near and Consultants holding virtual meetings via WhatsApp or Zoom.