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AgriSA to discuss mismanagement of drought funds with AG

The Agricultural Industry Association has asked the public protector and the auditor-general to investigate how millions of rands meant for the relief of farmers.

FILE: A shallow stream of water runs through the Theewaterskloof Dam in the Western Cape, as dam levels stand at 14%. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – AgriSA says it will meet with the Auditor-General next week to discuss allegations of mismanagement of drought funds.

The Agricultural Industry Association has asked the Public Protector and the Auditor-General to investigate how millions of rands meant for the relief of farmers affected by last year's severe drought was underspent by 30%.

The association claims that less than 10% of the funds reached affected farmers and that most of the money was wasted on service providers who knew little or nothing about agriculture.

Agri SA's Omri van Zyl says said: "Looking at the procurement of those funds, we’re interested to see which process was followed because we know everybody in the industry and none of these service providers are remotely known to us. How did they select these service providers?"