Limpopo needs R38m to mitigate drought

2009-12-03 10:30

THE Limpopo department of agriculture has asked for an additional

R38?million from the Treasury to assist drought-affected farmers, a spokesperson

has said.

Thembi Makhuvele said yesterday the department had done a thorough

assessment of agricultural climatic conditions and found severe drought

conditions in most parts of the province.

Weather forecasts show a high probability of moderately strong El

Nino conditions, which would lead to below-normal rainfall and above normal

temperatures for the 2009/10 summer rainfall season.

The worst affected areas were the Mopani district, Musina and

Mutale municipalities in the Vhembe district, Lephalale and Mogalakwena

municipalities in the Waterberg district, Blouberg and Lepelle Nkumpi

municipalities in the Capricorn district and Fetakgomo and Makhuduthamaga in the

Sekhukhune district.

In anticipation of the current drought, the department had already

spent R24?million in the previous financial year to mitigate the effects of the

drought in the five districts.

The money went towards constructing and de-silting 10 earth dams

for livestock water, equipping 130 boreholes with windmills and pumps,

construction and repair of 80 drinking troughs and the installation of

10?000-litre water storage tanks for the boreholes.

This financial year the department has already spent R5?million to

assist veld fire and drought affected farmers in the province.

It was also supplying livestock feed at a subsidised prices to

assist veld fire affected and drought affected farmers for another R5?million in

all the 25 municipalities.

Agriculture MEC Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba was due to address the media on

drought mitigation strategies today.


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