- Amid a ban on most 'creature comforts', South Africans have been purchasing huge quantities of pineapples
- With the alcohol ban still firmly in place and evidently not being relaxed, citizens have been brewing their own concoctions
- This has seen thousands of pineapples flying off the shelves in Mzansi
Demand for pineapples in South Africa has drastically increased during the coronavirus lockdown.
With the sale and purchase of liquor still restricted, citizens have been brewing their own booze at home.
Home brewing during the Covid-19 ban on alcohol sales has been pushing the price of pineapples up, while potatoes and avocados have become cheaper.
The price of this sweet fruit has since skyrocketed, with a kilo increasing from R12.50 in March to R22.50 last weekend.
TimesLIVE spoke to Jaco Oosthuizen, the CEO of a fresh produce sales organisation, who said that coronavirus pandemic had an impact of the fresh produce markets.
Potatoes are another good example of how the free market has responded to the situation. With restaurants closed, the lower demand has seen prices slumping.
With avocados in season and sushi restaurants closed, these delicious items have also seen a price drop.
Oosthuizen explained that events such as the pandemic have an immediate effect on fresh produce markets.
“You find, immediately when you see a lack of demand, prices will adjust accordingly. Industry response can be just as swift and farmers may decide to delay harvesting where practical, or buyers will stock up and offer specials to consumers."
Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa had relaxed the current lockdown restrictions to Level 4, set to kick in on Friday, 1 May.
While citizens will be allowed to purchase tobacco products and exercise, alcohol will definitely remain prohibited.
So South Africans seeking to bypass this ban will have to resign themselves to forking over slightly more for the ingredients needed to brew at home.
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