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Food production in SA hurt by drought, says Cele

Currently, about 14 million South Africans go to bed hungry every night according to government.

A carcas of cattle lost in the drought lie in a field in the Free State.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy Agriculture Minister Bheki Cele says the drought has seriously affected food production in parts of South Africa.

World Food Day will be celebrated next week where parcels will be donated to the needy, especially in farming areas.

Currently, about 14 million South Africans go to bed hungry every night according to government.

Cele says this is an issue that has been exacerbated by the drought.

"The government is trying to work with farmers to see if anything can be done especially trying to find water. But you can't wait. There are things that you supposed to do - till the land and wait for the rain to come - and try to increase the capacity of irrigation."