Spates of record-breaking cold have left certain fruit and vegetables traded on South Africa’s fresh produce markets in short supply of late.
The South African Weather Service had issued several advisories between mid-May and mid-June warning of “extreme cold across large parts of the country”.
Substantial snowfall was recorded in parts of Lesotho, the Free State, and the Eastern Cape, as well as parts of the Western and Northern Cape, and even KwaZulu-Natal.
According to Dr Johnny van der Merwe, an expert in SA’s agriculture sector: “The cold weather [impacted] both the volumes and the quality of products on offer at markets.”
Warmth-loving tomatoes are among those worst affected by the numerous cold fronts during the past two months, reports farmersweekly.co.za.
And while only minimal damage was reported on staple, cool-loving crops such as cabbage, spinach, and root vegetables, the same could not be said for the likes of love apples and bananas which suffered serious “quality issues” due to the “extreme cold weather,” said Merwe.
NASA appears to agree, if you read between the lines, with their forecast for this upcoming solar cycle (25) seeing it as “the weakest of the past 200 years,” with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.
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