A dairy farmer in Mooi River, who requested his identity be protected, said business was significantly disrupted.
“We normally ship within 24 hours, after that it goes stale. It’s called fresh milk for a reason ... Big producers can’t move their products.
“Other complications are we can’t get fuel. This means we can’t run our tractors to run the farms. We can’t feed our cows.”
He had booked 8,000 litres of fuel and his supplier was unable to deliver.
“We also have issues with electricity and the power utility can’t respond. Our equipment has been ransacked.
“Farmers are significantly stressed at the moment. Financially, many were on the back foot before this started,” he said.
He was concerned about a looming humanitarian crisis. “We have to feed our workers with the little we have. We had to fend for ourselves, there was no army or police. We have no ambulance service,” he added.
“We provide cheap produce way better than the government, we don’t even get credit for that. Politicians like saying how bad farmers are, but we’re the ones who will feed our towns.”