July 25 2018
SA VOWS TO PROTECT SUGAR INDUSTRY FROM CHEAPER IMPORTS
PRETORIA – The South African government on Tuesday assured thousands of sugarcane farmers who descended on Pretoria in a massive protest led by the South African Sugar Association (Sasa) and the SA Farmers Development Association (Safda) that their ailing sector will be protected.
“Firstly, I just want to say as government we are disturbed by the plight of the industry plus the suffering that is taking place. We know that that there has been big imports of sugar from Brazil, India, and the UAE. Lots of sugar have come into the country, and this industry is bleeding. We know and understand that,” department of trade and industry (dti) director-general Lionel October addressed the thousands of protesters.