The drought for fruit producers in the south-western Cape has been broken, but alas, it continues in the Klein Karoo. The vast majority of South Africa’s apricots are grown in the Klein Karoo, while more than half of the total cling peach production and almost a third of South Africa’s plum hectarage is situated in this area which is, some say, the healthiest climate in South Africa for stonefruit propagation and production. One farmer points out that there are often drought relief programmes for livestock farmers – there is currently an aid programme for the livestock and ostrich farmers of Oudtshoorn – in the form of bales of hay. However, that drought relief for fruit farmers is in short supply, even non-existent. Farmers are dependent on farm dams, boreholes and fountains fed by the mountains. Click here to read the full article. – Fresh plaza