The People’s Republic of China has lifted the restrictions on SA Wool products due to the outbreak of Foot and Mouth and the Ministers of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Ms. Thoko Didiza and Trade Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel has acknowledged the decision made.
Media Liaison Officer and Spokesperson Mr Reggie Ngcobo on the 23 August 2022 stated that South Africa produces over 42 million kilograms of wool from 8000 commercial sheep farmers. Additional to this number of commercial farmers, there are 40 000 communal smallholder farmers who contribute 14% of the total wool exports.
Furthermore, Ngcobo says these farmers would have suffered an irrecoverable loss of R730 million if the restrictions continued. The wool export industry is worth R1 billion. This ban on wool, which was harvested in the last season, would have irrecoverably dented the wool industry since this year’s harvesting is in full swing. This means the industry would have had to sustain losses of two seasons.