Drought hits farmers hard

2016-10-14 06:00
Photo: Siphelele Nketo Starving cattle in Maluti.

Photo: Siphelele Nketo Starving cattle in Maluti.

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FARMERS around Kokstad and neighbouring areas are praying for more rain. W
The Fever visited Nchodu village outside Maluti and saw “boney” cattle eating grass next to houses because of the shortage of grass and water in nearby grazing lands.

A farmer told Fever that some people are having to slaughter their cattle because of drought.
“It is terrible to see cattle starving.”
However, recently snow had fallen and there was a slight improvement in the grass growth.

Chief Thembani Tyhali of Vundle Traditional Authority in Matatiele said the drought has affected agriculture and farming badly.
“We are praying for heavy rain to save our cattle and crops.”

Maize production in many parts of South Africa are at their lowest compared to previous years.

Vusi Ngesi of the “Grain Co.” in Matatiele said farmers are starting to plant crops.
“We are praying for rain for our crops.”

Margi Fleming, PRO from the Mount Currie Farmers’ Association said the drought is the worst in living memory.

“Farmers are being forced to do some belt-tightening to ensure that they are able to continue farming. Many crop, livestock and dairy farms are experiencing reduced production due to the drought.
“This drought is placing considerable strain on the agriculture sector, which in turn will impact the local economy.”

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