Northern Cape farmers battle to survive catastrophic drought

More than 100 000 farms across the Northern Cape are struggling to survive one of the worst ongoing droughts in the province.
Agri-Northern Cape have requested R688 million in aid from the government to tackle the dry conditions, that has seen the province reduce its livestock by 50%.
The aid would bring some relief for struggling farmers – helping them to feed 30 large livestock at a cost of R45 per day, for about three months.
One Griekwastad farmer told News24 that the drought is forcing farmers to look for other sources of income.
“A lot of the farmers don’t have any more money. They have to leave the farm for other work… But there isn’t any other work,” Scholtz said.
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