KZN farmers donate to drought-crippled EC farmers

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Generous farmers from the Weenen Farmers’ Association in KwaZulu-Natal have reached out to fellow farmers in Steytlerville in the Eastern Cape, by donating 1 200 bales of lucerne to the drought-afflicted area.

Generous farmers from the Weenen Farmers’ Association in KwaZulu-Natal have reached out to fellow farmers in Steytlerville in the Eastern Cape, by donating 1 200 bales of lucerne to the drought-afflicted area.

“After all the good rains that we have had in Weenen, a few farmers here had a surplus of lucerne and so we asked Kwanalu if there was still a need for animal feed in some areas following the call by Agri SA’s drought relief programme,” explained Shane Reynolds, a Weenen farmer and chairperson of the Weenen Farmers’ Association.

Farmers are in dire need of animal feed

Farmers in the Steytlerville area were identified as being in dire need of animal feed following the catastrophic effects of the ongoing drought in the Eastern Cape over the past few years.

The transport of the lucerne was generously provided at below cost by Winberg Transport and by Agri SA through funds raised from the Agri SA drought disaster fund.

“Farmers of the very dry Steytlerville district are so grateful for the wonderful donation of two Super-link truckloads of lucerne from the Weenen farmers,” said Peter Knoeson, chairperson of the Steytlerville Agricultural Association.

“Steytlerville and the surrounding area has received very welcome rains in the past few weeks, but there is still a long way to go before we are out of the woods. Donations like this make it possible for farmers to hold their heads high, stay positive and to endure the situation a little longer.

The transport of the lucerne was generously provided at below cost by Winberg Transport and by Agri SA through funds raised from the Agri SA drought disaster fund.

Help from fellow farmers

“As seasoned agriculturists, these farmers are familiar with droughts and normally anticipate the dry seasons, but this one has been really mean, long and extremely taxing. Without help from these fellow farmers, our lasting power would have been exhausted a long time ago,” Knoesen added.

“Once again we are overwhelmed by the compassion and generosity of our farmers. Thank you to Shane and the farmers of the Weenen Farmers’ Association for this incredibly kind gesture. Thanks also need to go to Winberg Transport, Agri SA and all the generous individuals and companies who have contributed to the Agri SA drought disaster fund,” said CEO of Kwanalu, Sandy La Marque. – Press release, Kwanalu

For further information on farming in KwaZulu-Natal and Kwanalu, visit www.kwanalu.co.za.