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South Africa

Drought in South Africa may devastate rooibos harvest

From frothy red lattes to rust-colored teas, popular rooibos drinks will likely become scarcer and more expensive because of a widespread drought in South Africa, including in scrubland where the rooibos plant normally flourishes.

A devastated rooibos harvest may lead to a 90 percent price increase, a trade council said on Thursday. The United States is one of the biggest importers of rooibos tea.

There was little rainfall during the July and August planting months which could cause the worst harvest in years, the South African Rooibos Council said in a statement.

Farmers will only know the extent of their losses in the first half of 2016 when the volume of the...