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Heavy rainfall devastates WC farm crops

Agri Wes-Cape says this week’s heavy rainfall has severely damaged farmers’ crops.

An over flowing river caused by heavy rains in Laingsburg. Picture: @FaanConradie via Twitter

CAPE TOWN - Agri Wes-Cape says this week's heavy rainfall and hailstorms in the Central Karoo have had a devastating effect on farmers' crops.

Farmers are currently assessing the situation, after harsh weather conditions caused chaos, the closure of roads and damaged water pipes and other infrastructure.

Farmers in Laingsburg, Barrydale, Montagu and Bonnievale have been the hardest hit.

Some farmers in Laingsburg have lost their entire crop.

Agri Wes-Cape's Carl Opperman says although dam levels are lowering, farmers will feel the effects of the flooding for a long time to come.

"We are still contemplating on whether to ask government if those areas should be declared disaster areas, and whether the department can release more funds for those communities, to bring them back to normal."

He says this is a crucial time of year for Western Cape farmers.

"This time of year for the Western Cape is the only time of year one can generate an income. The other eight months of year are just costs."