South Africa: Over 40 000 Farmers Assisted With Drought Relief

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries says just over 42 000 farmers have been assisted with drought relief measures in areas that were impacted by water shortages.

Maphaka Tau, the Deputy Director General of Forestry and Natural Resources Management at the department, said this when he briefed the joint Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation, Environmental Affairs, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Human Settlements at the Good Hope Chamber in Parliament, on Wednesday.

In terms of the reported impact on livestock, a total of 246 631 farmers have been affected across eight provinces, Tau said. There was no report from the Western Cape.

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