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Drought Threatens Sugar Crop in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal

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South Africa’s drought-stricken KwaZulu-Natal province, where more than 80 percent of the country’s sugar is grown, has six weeks to get sufficient rain for this year’s crop, the region’s agricultural body said.

“Unless it rains significantly more than usual over the next two weeks, we’re talking about cane farmers in the north coast belt and Zululand heading into survival mode,” Mike Black, president of the KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union, said by phone on Tuesday.