The Western Cape wine industry estimates that the recent fires cost R240 000 for each hectare of vineyard lost.

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, noted the figures released by VinPro this afternoon.

According to VinPro, the R240 000 figure includes loss of income and additional labour to uproot vines which have been damaged. The reestablishment of vines is also included in the cost estimate.

Minister Winde added that the Western Cape Department of Agriculture would this week conduct surveys to assess damage to agricultural land and infrastructure.

On Thursday (28 January 2016), Minister Winde will visit the Diemersfontein Wine Estate where the harvest is in full swing.

“The fires have an economic cost to agriculture, one of our biggest sectors.”

During his visit, Minister Winde  will discuss the measures taken to mitigate the risks of fires and droughts.

 


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