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The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on agricultural employment in South Africa

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A key question that consistently arises amid the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on the economy is its effect on employment. We believe there may be some resilience in the agricultural sector compared to other sectors of the economy.

Resilience fuelled by two factors

First, the sector was largely operational even during the strict Level 5 lockdown, except for a few subsectors such as the wine, tobacco, wool and floriculture industries, amongst others. These subsectors subsequently opened with the move to Level 4 and 3, except for the tobacco industry – while harvest and fieldwork are permitted, sales remain prohibited.

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