Drought in Western, Northern and Eastern Cape declared national disaster

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Agri Western Cape welcomes the National Drought Disaster classification, as issued by the National Disaster Management Centre.

In terms of Section 23(1)(b) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act 57 of 2002), the drought that is still rampant in the Western, Northern, and Eastern Cape has been declared a national disaster.

This statement follows various recommendations and information provided by provincial disaster management centres.

“Agri Western Cape would like to thank the Western Cape Disaster Management Centre and the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) for their input. Agri Western Cape looks forward to the extent and format of support to the drought-stricken areas,” says Jannie Strydom, chief executive officer of Agri Western Cape.

Certain parts of the Western Cape are enduring drought conditions for the seventh consecutive year. Producers in the Matzikama district, as well as the Central and Little Karoo have not had any significant rain thus far this year.

“Agri Western Cape trusts that these areas will receive support. The type of aid that will be provided is not yet clear, but drought relief in the form of animal feed and pasture seeds will be welcomed. In certain areas, a holistic approach to water security must also be considered,” says Strydom.

In April this year, the WCDoA supported 1 115 farmers in critical and extremely drought-stricken areas with animal feed donations worth R12,2 million. Funds from the national level will therefore support and promote these provincial actions. – Press release,

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