'Too much red tape for drought victims'

The Deputy Agriculture Minister admits the process of helping drought-stricken farmers is too long.

Deputy Agriculture Minister Pieter Mulder. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Deputy Agriculture Minister Pieter Mulder admits it takes too long for government to assist farmers affected by natural disasters.

Farmers in the North West and the Northern Cape have been in the grip of one of the worst droughts in decades.

They will be receiving donations of animal feed from Western Cape farmers soon.

It is understood parts of drought-stricken North West and the Northern Cape have recently had some rain and farmers have received financial aid from government.

But Mulder says it seems farmers are not out the woods yet and government still needs to lend a hand.

Mulder says the only problem is that the process takes far too long.

"My frustration is that the process is very long. There's too much red tape."

So far 1,000 tonnes of animal feed has been set aside by Western Cape farmers who plan to send the aid to the affected provinces via train soon.