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Agriculture dept to help farmers feed livestock in drought-affected provinces

Yesterday, the department held talks with agriculture MECs in drought-affected provinces.

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JOHANNESBURG - The agriculture department says it will place particular emphasis on helping farmers feed their livestock as many struggle to stay in business.

Yesterday, the department held talks with agriculture MECs in drought-affected provinces. 

They presented updates on the drought intervention programmes in their areas.

In some provinces, thousands of cattle and other livestock have died, and many others are still vulnerable.

Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana says measures have to be taken to help farmers deal with the rising cost of animal feed.

“We must invest in feed production in all areas affected by the drought.”

He says modes of smart agriculture should also be developed to survive the effects of changing climate systems.

“We will give more support to climate smart agriculture in terms of conservation agriculture.”

Government is still continuing its efforts of distributing feed and water to struggling farmers. 

WATCH: Drought hits SA farmers hard

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