Farmer's Weekly special Covid-19 podcasts
Farmer's Weekly has been running a special Covid-19 podcast series that highlights the impacts of the pandemic on the farming industry. The recent podcast focused on the impacts on smallholder and emerging farmers (which can be found here). Some of the key insights from emerging and smallholder livestock farmers in Bloemfontein include:
- The inability to market livestock through public auctions
- The lack of sales has affected farmers ability to pay farmworkers
- Farmers have received government support for animal feed and veterinary services
The podcast highlighted the importance and need for digital technologies (i.e. online marketing platforms) to support farmers and enable them to remain resilient in times of a crisis. More special Covid-19 podcasts can be found here.