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Ostrich farmers struggling as drought continues to cripple Little Karoo

Farmers have reduced their flocks by raising fewer chicks as the drought continued its grip, but fewer birds pushed the unit cost up.

Picture: Pixabay.com.

CAPE TOWN - The Ostrich Business Chamber says ostrich farmers are struggling in the Little Karoo due to the severe drought that is currently crippling the area.

According to a News24 report, ostrich farmers have lost an estimated R1 billion during the four-year water crisis.

The organisation says it is hoping for some improvement in the prices of ostrich leather.

Farmers have reduced their flocks by raising fewer chicks as the drought continued its grip, but fewer birds pushed the unit cost up.

Piet Kleyn, chair of the Ostrich Business Chamber in Oudtshoorn, says: “The largest portion of the ostrich production is done in the area where there’s a severe drought at the moment. It’s affecting it badly and the farmers are suffering because of that.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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