Frost Reduces South African Harvest

Published online: Aug 15, 2006
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Frost destroyed up to 40 percent of the potatoes set for harvest in September in an area of South Africa about 65 miles north of Polokwane in Limpopo.

Bo-Brak Farmers Union chairman Japie Groot said the damage was severe. "Some farmers have lost a whole 20-hectare (49-acre) centre pivot field of potatoes," he said.

The Farmers' Weekly magazine said some farmers were experiencing crop damage to the value of 100,000 rand (US$14,755). The frost will likely cause a shortage of potatoes in September.