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Farmers battle floods and drought

Farmers in the Western Cape are assessing flood damage, while others battle drought.

FILE: Western Cape farmers are assessing flood damage in the central Karoo, while farmers in other parts of the country are battling ongoing drought. Picture: Nathan Adams.

CAPE TOWN - As Western Cape farmers are assessing flood damage in the central Karoo, farmers in other parts of the country are battling with the ongoing drought.

Agri-Wes Cape says this week's heavy rainfalls and hailstorms in the central Karoo have had a devastating effect on farmer's crops.

Meanwhile, their colleagues in the Northern Cape and North West are in the middle of one of the worst droughts in decades.

Agri-Wes Cape's Carl Opperman says Western Cape farmers are in the process of sending donations of animal feed to drought-stricken areas.

On Saturday Agri Wes-Cape said this week's heavy rainfall and hailstorms in the Central Karoo have had a devastating effect on crops.

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

Some farmers in Laingsburg have lost their entire crop.