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'Food security is heavily threatened by drought'

While some farmers struggle to keep their livestock alive, others have been unable to plant any crops at all.

Drought. Picture: AFP
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JOHANNESBURG - Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana says food security is heavily threatened by the drought, which has resulted in low harvesting levels.

Zokwana has been in talks with MECs from drought-stricken provinces to receive feedback on their respective drought intervention programmes.

While some farmers struggle to keep their livestock alive, others have been unable to plant any crops at all.

WATCH: Drought hits SA farmers hard

Minister Zokwana says while many maize farmers have missed the harvesting period, they are being encouraged to plant other crops as rainfall picks up.

With food prices expected to rise, Rural Development Minister Gugile Nkwinti says the solution isn’t as easy as simply curbing increases.

With many maize farmers having missed the harvesting period, government says it still expects to import five to 10 million tonnes of the crop. 

LISTEN: Maize shortage: ‘We're in a crisis’

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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