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MEC Meth inspects Addo farms for compliance with COVID-19 regulations

Apr 16, 2020
MEC Meth inspects Addo farms for compliance with COVID-19 regulations

Addo - Eastern Cape MEC for the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform (DRDAR), Ms Nomakhosazana Meth, visited Willowtree farms in Addo in the Sundays River Valley Local Municipality on Thursday.

The purpose of her visit was to conduct an inspection on compliance amid Covid 19. She also delivered protective equipment.

She was accompanied by the Mayor of Sundays River Valley Local Municipality, Nombulelo Bixa, and the Speaker of Council, Simphiwe Rune.

With the agricultural sector declared as an essential service, the MEC has taken a drive to visit commercial farms as well as small-scale farmer's adherence and compliance to the COVID 19 regulations.

Farms are required to comply whilst food production for food security is less affected. These regulations apply to the ways in which farms are expected to operate during the country's lockdown period.

MEC was happy with the reports from workers confirming compliance by their employers.

The report given by workers included the manner in which farm workers were transported and the precautions taken to ensure their health and safety during COVID 19.

MEC Meth said, "The manner in which this farm complies with COVID 19 regulations is impressive. They have appreciated the contribution of masks and sanitizers we have brought as addition from the department"

The MEC further joined workers as they were busy with fruit picking (harvesting).

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