Limpopo farmers get feed for livestock

2016-01-20 17:30

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Giyani - Emerging livestock farmers in Limpopo received bags of cattle feed on Tuesday as part of government's drought relief programme.

Agriculture MEC Joy Matshoge handed 63 bags of feed to 21 farmers in the Mopani district on Tuesday.

"The distribution of livestock feed is done in consultation with community leaders and the Mahumani tribal executive council and we hope that their livestock will benefit," she said.

She said the department had sourced more than R50m from other government programmes to fund the drought relief programme.

She said senior departmental officials would hold similar meetings in other districts to fast-track the distribution of fodder.

She admitted that drought relief policies needed to be revised as farmers were complaining that the cattle feed was not enough.

The department had already spent R20m helping 7 000 farmers with fodder. The department would share its distribution plan for the fodder with farmers.

When receiving the bags, agricultural project manager for the Ngove community, Flora Maswanganyi said the programme should be extended to poultry farmers.

"The drought is not just affecting the cattle farmers. Even poultry farmers feel the heat as they are not producing enough chickens due to the heat wave. We also need water intervention," she said.

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