WC farmers get R70m+ to mitigate drought impact

Provincial Agriculture MEC Alan Winde says the bulk of the funds are being spent on animal feed.

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CAPE TOWN – A total of R73 million has been allocated to farmers over the past year, to mitigate the impact of the ongoing drought in the Western Cape.

The Western Cape Legislature on Thursday debated the drought disaster declaration.

Farmers on the West Coast and in the central Karoo have been the hardest hit.

Provincial Agriculture MEC Alan Winde says that the bulk of the funds are being spent on animal feed.

“We’ll spend about R60 million again this year of the R73 million that is budgeted and we’ll continue offering that support.

“Primarily the support is for livestock because we need to make sure that we keep that going, but we’ll also look at other areas that farmers need support in.”