The Agriculture and Rural Development Department in the North West has approved the allocation of emergency relief funds, to the tune of R43 million from the National Treasury, which will be used to purchase and distribute fodder to farmers throughout the province.
The MEC (member of executive council) of agriculture and rural development, Ms Desbo Mohono, says that a total of 23 346 farmers, who applied for emergency relief, will receive bags of fodder as from November 18.
“We have already appointed service providers who will supply and deliver the bags to farmers, and while we are aware of the disastrous situation out there, we remain positive that what will be provided, will certainly make a difference,” she said.
North West Province was declared drought-stricken in line with the Disaster Management Act and assessment was conducted to determine the extent of assistance needed. The outcome revealed that about
920 000 animals were affected by the drought.
Farmers who applied for relief are urged to engage their local agricultural extension officers regarding the points of fodder distribution.
By Victor Boqo. Source: Carleton Herald
Drought hit maize fields in North West. Image: Thembinkosi Dwayisa © ST Â