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Animal feed for drought-hit farmers

Agri Wes-Cape says animal fodder is being sent to farmers struggling in drought-stricken areas.

FILE: Agri Wes-Cape says animal fodder is being sent to farmers struggling in drought-stricken areas. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Farming organisation Agri Wes-Cape says animal fodder is being sent to farmers struggling in drought-stricken areas.

The Northern Cape and the North West province are experiencing one of the worst droughts in decades.

Western Cape farmers have gathered more than 2,000 tonnes of feed including hay, lucerne, barley and maize.

Agri Wes-Cape's Carl Opperman says he wants the feed to reach the needy farmers as quickly as possible.

"I would have liked it to be there already because those guys are in a dire situation. We've pulled out all the stops to get the logistics in place so that we can start moving."

Agreements have been reached with Transnet to transport the donated stock free of charge to the two provinces.