Sandveld potato producers’ earnings remain under pressure, despite potato prices reaching record highs this year. Jan van Zyl, chairperson of the Sandveld Potato Producers’ Association, spoke to Glenneis Kriel about the region’s future in potato production.
Potato farmers countrywide struggled with low margins due to a record high harvest last year. With prices as low as R28/10kg pocket, many producers were making a loss of R2/ pocket. How did the oversupply affect Sandveld producers?