More money brings relief

2015-11-25 06:22
THE MEC of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Norman Shushu, addresses the media. With him is the ministerial spokesperson, Ali Diteme.  Photo: Boipelo Mere

THE MEC of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Norman Shushu, addresses the media. With him is the ministerial spokesperson, Ali Diteme. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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AN additional amount of R14,6 million has beem made available with immediate effect by the department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform from the Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme (Casp) for drought relief.

This follows after the department previously allocated R7,7 million in October, when parts of the Francis Baard, Namakwa and Pixley ka Seme districts, were identified as drought risk areas.

The announcement was made by the MEC of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Norman Shushu.

He said the total expenditure and commitment of R22,3 million will help to mitigate the drought situation.

Shushu addressed the media on Monday (23/11) at the ministerial offices in Kimberley.

According to Shushu, the first round of allocation benefitted a total of 257 farmers.

No area has been declared a disaster area yet, and an announcement to this effect by the premier, Sylvia Lucas, is awaited.

“We have already engaged the provincial disaster management centre,” Shushu said.

He also explained that municipalities have to complete their processes after affected farmers have registered.

“We are monitoring the situation in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District, as well as in the ZF Mgcawu District.

“We will take the necessary steps depending on how the situation unfolds.

“We will continue to work with small farmers and the commercial agriculture to ensure that we minimise the effects of the drought on livestock.

“By doing this, we will improve the food security situation within our province,” assured the MEC.

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