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SA farmers hope there will be more rain this week

Agri Wes-Cape has warned many farmers have started planting winter crops but rains have arrived too late.

FILE: The water level of the Theewaterskloof Dam near Cape Town dropped to around 30 percent in March 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Agri Wes-Cape says it hopes there will be more rain this week.

It's warned many farmers have started planting winter crops, but rains have arrived too late, and this will only aggravate the impact of the drought.

Last week's rain seems to be a taste of things to come, as the South Africa Weather Service has predicted more showers for today and later this week.

Agri Wes-Cape's Carl Opperman says it couldn't have come at a better time.

"The crops that started germinating and the heat was there. There was not enough water and it was dying off."

WATCH: Facing a dry future: How bad is the water crisis really?

Opperman says although more rain this week is crucial, it won't be enough.

"We still need cold units, a lot of snow and much more rain because our dam capacity is at the lowest that we've ever had."

Grain farmers are reportedly the ones struggling the most at this stage.

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