SA is food secure – Agri SA

Consumers are urged to stop panic buying amid Covid-19

South Africa is food secure and consumers are urged to stop panic buying amid COVID-19

23 March 2020 

The increase in COVID-19 cases in South Africa is a major concern for everyone. The steps taken by the government to combat the further spread of the virus should be supported by all.

However, drastic measures are envisaged if the virus spreads further.

The agricultural sector is, therefore, working with the government to prioritize and guarantee the supply of fresh and essential agricultural products. The value chains that supply the products daily have the necessary precautions in place to protect workers and to keep supplies moving.

In case of further restrictions, the harvesting, processing, distribution, delivery, and sale of agricultural products and groceries will be exempted from this.

See attached a further explanation aimed at bringing greater reassurance and awareness to the general public.

Rest assured that the agricultural sector will continue to feed our country amid this crisis. Together we will overcome this.

Issued by Thea Liebenberg, Media Liaison Officer, 23 March 2020