An association that represents the interests of the local sugar industry has insisted that tariff protection is necessary to sustain the livelihoods of those dependent on the sector.
The South African Farmers Development Association affiliated members are appealing to the government to intervene urgently in the plight of small-scale sugar-cane farmers that has left them in dire straits.
With more sugar coming in from Brazil, Thailand and even the UAE, sugar farmers are growing desperate and are calling on the government to step in.
Hundreds of sugar cane farmers from KZN and Mpumalanga will march to the Department of Trade and Industry in Tshwane demanding that a tariff on sugar be reinstated to protect the domestic industry from cheap imports.
The South African government assured thousands of pretoesting sugarcane farmers that their ailing sector will be protected.
Nonhlanhla Mgiba said members of the SA Sugar Association would march in the streets on Tuesday in order to vent their frustration with the Department of Trade and Industry for its failure to protect their jobs and future.