The declaration of the Covid-19 virus as a national disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act, provides the government wide-ranging powers. A state of disaster lasts for three months and can be extended or cancelled by the president.
To address the agricultural industry issues regarding the impact of the Corona virus (Covid-19) the:
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development met with a newly formed technical task team from the industry:
The objective of this task team is to monitor the situation and advise the Minister and DG’s on the appropriate contingency measures:
The following points were discussed at this meeting:
- Labour force exposure and the implementation of standard operating procedures for farm workers, factories and pack houses, etc.
- Logistics chain and the impact on international trade.
- Credit terms of the banking sector given the extraordinary crisis.
- Socio-economic impact of the disease.
NEDLAC (National Economic Development and Labour Council) and the various ministerial departments also met yesterday to develop a contingency plan to mitigate the impact of this disaster. Please see the summary of decisions announced by the Minister of Employment and Labour on 16 March 2020 at a special Nedlac executive committee meeting.
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