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In the news section of the October 23 issue the magazine focuses on some more good news with a promising cherry season blooming in the orchards. The main production areas which are mainly in the Western Cape and the Free State. Producers saying they had ideal conditions. Although it will be dangerous to make an assumption about the upcoming harvest based only on flowers the ultimate harvest will still depend on what happens in the next three to four weeks in terms of temperatures, rain, and wind.
There is also a news feature about the wine industry and the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown when wine sales were not allowed for a period, as well as the export of wine. This is still weighing heavily on the industry and is expected to continue for the next couple of years. The industry says at this stage it still hash millions of litres of concentrated wine. Together with that, cellars are looking at supplying fruit juice to companies instead of producing wine.
There is also some feedback on the sugar season and how that is transpiring. According to production regions, the season varied. There are some good sugar prices internationally. The local price of sugar is also getting a much-needed boost the depreciation of the Rand against the Dollar.
The magazine also takes a look at how this year has treated potato farmers. It was a difficult year due to the Covid-19 pandemic but because of the hard work of farmers, the supply of potatoes has been steady.