Western Cape Government moves fire season up by a month

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Agri Western Cape wants to thank the Western Cape Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, for supporting Agri Western Cape’s request to advance the Western Cape’s 2020 fire season declaration.

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Jannie Strydom, CEO of Agri Western Cape, says the previous three to five years of below-average rainfall have clearly reflected in the province’s lower-than-average grain yields. He says the current grain harvest looks very promising but that the province is at a stage where fires can pose a danger to wheatfields.

Minister Anton Bredell told Agri Western Cape that his department shares grain producers’ concerns with regard to fires. He says they will continue to work with the agricultural sector to ensure that everything is done within their capacity to prevent the outbreak of fires and limit the spread of veld fires. The department also liaises continuously with the Departments of Agriculture and Community Safety to be able to respond in an integrated manner to any fire incident that may occur.

He says his department, through the Provincial Disaster Management Centre, has negotiated with service providers to make resources available from 1 November to ensure the safety of the harvest. The Western Cape fire season usually commences on 1 December.

Strydom also thanked the provincial head of disaster management, Colin Deiner, for the effective way in which he and his team manage disasters in the province. – Press release, Agri Western Cape