WC farmers must meet strict criteria for drought relief funding
A provincial state of drought disaster has been declared in seven provinces.
CAPE TOWN - Western Cape farmers will be scrutinised before they are awarded drought relief funds.
The National Agriculture Department has announced a further R212 million will be made available to assist drought stricken farmers in the province.
A provincial state of drought disaster has been declared in seven provinces, with the Western Cape declaring a local state of disaster in three of its municipalities.
Western Cape Agriculture MEC Alan Winde has welcomed the province's share of the fund which amounts to R12 million.
He says there is a long list of very strict criteria before deciding who will receive assistance.
When asked if more funds could be made available in the future, the department's Makenosi Maroo says they will continue to assess the situation.
“One cannot blame anyone for the drought. We are saying take precautions and look after your animals. With the assistance that we are giving in feeding the animals we’re saying that there’s something you can do.”
(Edited by Shimoney Regter)