N Cape fires wreak havoc

2012-11-26 21:20

Bloemfontein - Veld fires in two Northern Cape regions in the past two weeks caused unprecedented damage to the province's stock industry, Agri-Northern Cape said on Monday.

The organisation's president Henk van Wyk said: "The valuable grazing, infrastructure, stock and game destroyed and killed will have a major economic impact on the region's stock industry.”

Farmers in the regions fought veld fires continuously for two weeks until the weekend.

Van Wyk said according to preliminary estimates by the agriculture department 215 000ha were destroyed in the Kuruman and Koopmansfontein areas.

The department announced on Monday that R2.75m had been made available for interim emergency arrangements.

Van Wyk said this was good news because the emergency help would make feed immediately available to be transported to the areas.

“At the meeting we [Agri-Northern Cape] also urged the department to declare the two regions as disaster areas.”

Van Wyk said the farmers were grateful for the rapid response.

“It is a joyous day for agriculture in the Northern Cape and we in organised agriculture would like to strengthen the relationship,” he said.

  • Suzanne Viljoen - 2012-11-26 21:48

    Well tickle me pink!!! Government is helplng??

      thomas.visser.12 - 2012-11-26 22:05

      The cow needs fodder. Voting time

  • angela.clegg.7 - 2012-11-27 07:50

    can someone please explain to me how the burning of 215 000 ha can be a joyous occasion?

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