Farmers ‘suffer in silence’ as drought conditions prevail

NC Schoombee says the drought has had an effect on one farmer in particular, who committed suicide.

FILE. Free State businessman and cattle farmer NC Schoombee started a group called ‘Farmers in Need’, also known as Boere in Nood, where farmers can submit online requests for assistance to receive feed and water supplies. Picture: Freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - The founder of an online support group for farmers says many farmers are suffering in silence and aren't receiving any support as drought conditions prevail.

Free State businessman and cattle farmer NC Schoombee started a group called 'Farmers in Need', also known as Boere in Nood, where farmers can submit online requests for assistance to receive feed and water supplies.

Schoombee says the drought in the Eastern Cape had a profound effect on a farmer who committed suicide last week.

He says the young farmer was distressed watching his animals die due to a lack of water and feed.

"The drought just started to take its toll on him and on the farm."

There will be a memorial service for 34-year-old Krisjan Kruger in Elliot tomorrow.

Kruger shot himself a day before rain fell in the area.

Schoombee has warned there will be more casualties if government does not intervene and assist farmers who are getting deeper into financial trouble.