South African pineapple farmers are feeling the pinch of rising input costs, despite improved producer prices. According to the Joburg Market’s website, pineapples sold for an average price of R78,73/carton in the first week of November. All the pineapples sold in that week were of the Queen variety, the cartons weighing 8kg each.
Meanwhile, the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform announced in October that increased pineapple production in that province could stimulate permanent job creation. The provincial government had invested about R20 million in six pineapple farms near Peddie, the department said in a statement.
The department further stated that there were currently a total of 7,800ha under pineapple production in the province, and the added investment would increase this to about 10,300ha.
Since the 2019/20 financial year, the department had invested about R2,2 million in fencing, production inputs, a tractor and fuel for Tarfield farm near Ngqushwa. The investment had translated into 69 temporary jobs, while a further 10 people were employed permanently.
[ R1 = €0,057 ]