Drought assistance continues in large parts of Western Cape


Agri Western Cape wants to thank all the donors who contributed to the Agri Western Cape Drought Relief Fund in 2020. A total of R4 million was spent on assisting producers in the drought-stricken areas last year by purchasing feed and transporting that which was purchased and donated.

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Despite much-needed summer rain that has fallen in some places in the Central Karoo to date, drought assistance for the region continues as large parts are still in dire need of rain and continue to suffer due to severe drought conditions. Only the Gamka Dam in Beaufort West showed a significant increase and stood at 62,6% on 25 January this year, compared to 16,8% at the same time last year.

Agri Western Cape continues to assist producers in the Kliprand, Bitterfontein, and Landplaas regions of the West Coast, as well as the Klein Karoo where there has been no significant summer rain thus far. The Stompdrift and Kammanassie dams near Oudtshoorn stand at 17,9% and 0% respectively, and the Poortjieskloof Dam at Montagu is also empty.

Roughage donations of great value

Jannie Strydom, CEO of Agri Western Cape, said the Western Cape’s good 2020 winter grain harvest and donations of roughage by grain producers, were of great value to livestock farmers in the drought-stricken areas. Roughage has been scarce over the past five years due to below-average rainfall and yields in many of the provinces’ sowing areas

“We anticipate that drought assistance in the Klein and Central Karoo will continue for a long time to come if there is no widespread and heavy rainfall in the region within the remaining few weeks of the summer rainfall season.

“The drought in the Karoo has not yet been broken, but Agri Western Cape is grateful to every member of the public who continues to contribute to the Agri Western Cape Drought Relief Fund. – Press release, Agri Western Cape