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South Africa's Western Cape "Remains Stressed" by Drought
November 10, 2016
MEC Alan Winde has outlined the impact of extreme weather events on the Western Cape's agriculture sector, including a snapshot of how the drought has affected different regions and crops in the province.
"We are still experiencing drought conditions in some parts of the Western Cape. These trends underscore the need for a new approach to resource management. That is why we launched a co-ordinated climate response action plan, Smart Agri, in partnership with the private sector and academia. One of Smart Agri's recommendations is conservation agriculture, where we use innovative methods including minimum tillage and crop rotation.
"Our research farm, Langgewens, is showing the positive effect of conservation agriculture and we'll be releasing a report on the situation there in the next few weeks."