The Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) has distributed R10 million in fodder support to 1 727 farmers located in areas in the Western Cape experiencing extreme or critical drought conditions. These areas include the Central and Little Karoo, parts of the Cape Winelands and the northern parts of Matzikama.

The distribution of fodder support vouchers to qualifying farmers has occurred with full regard for the COVID-19 lockdown regulations.

Toolkit for the agricultural sector

For information regarding the nationwide lockdown and agriculture, including protocols and guidelines regarding the transport of seasonal agricultural workers and health and safety in the workplace, the WCDoA provides a frequently-asked-questions toolkit for the agricultural sector.

This toolkit is available at http://www.elsenburg.com/sites/default/files/FAQ-COVID-19-Version7.pdf

Matzikama.

Continued support for farmers

During the last six years of persistent drought, the WCDoA has provided approximately R241 million worth of fodder support vouchers to farmers across the Western Cape.

Co-ops, farmers and officials of the WCDoA and Casidra did well to ensure that the fodder vouchers reached affected farmers within the first few weeks of the new financial year.

Despite the worst drought in 100 years as well as the COVID-19 pandemic farmers, producers and agricultural workers have continued to contribute towards food security. – Press release, Western Cape Government