NC farmers hard hit by drought

The Red Meat Producers' Association says many farmers are opting to sell their livestock.

The Red Meat Producers' Association says many farmers are opting to sell their livestock. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Livestock farmers in the Northern Cape are hard hit by a severe drought, the Red Meat Producers' Association said on Tuesday.

The group says it is the worst drought to hit the region since the 1930s.

The organisation's James Faber says many farmers are opting to sell their livestock.

"They are now selling their animals to feed their other livestock."

Faber adds the drought will not send red meat prices skyrocketing, for now at least.

The Department of Agriculture is looking at ways to help farmers.

No mention has been made about declaring the region a disaster area.

The drought is also affecting Namibia and Botswana.