Nicol Jansen, president van Agri Noord-Kaap, sê ramptoestande heers in 70% van die Noord-Kaap met uitsondering van slegs ‘n klein deel van dié provinsie wat nie kritiek is nie.
Areas within Central South remain in the grip of a crippling drought.
According to the Northern Cape Early Warning Committee, the province is experiencing one of the worst droughts in more than a century with prolonged drought conditions having prevailed for the past five years, resulting in a devastating knock-on effect on agriculture, the rural economy and the social welfare of residents.
In the far flung western regions of North West, the situation is also dire.
The AGRI Northern Cape Drought Disaster Fund was created to provide assistance to specifically the farmers in the Northern Cape during the extreme drought they are currently experiencing; this is the worst drought since 1927.
This is an urgent request to the public to make a financial contribution to the AGRI Northern Cape Drought Disaster Fund; to all those who care please help us to assist the farmers to get through this terrible drought and ease the financial disaster.
The fund will be audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) to ensure that assistance is given to needy farmers and not a cent is wasted or misused.
Mr Nicol Jansen, the president of Agri Northern Cape, who is also a farmer in the province, understands how important it is for people from the Northern Cape as well as South Africa to stand by and support farmers. Food security, farmers, the livelihood of workers, animals and entire farms are in jeopardy.
The impact of the drought is experienced first-hand by the farmers, in the end, the consumer will also experience the effect of the drought through product shortages and price increases of commodities. That’s why it’s so important to prioritise and manage all efforts to support our farmers.
Agri Northern Cape appeals to the Northern Cape residents and concerned people from South Africa to assist farmers by contributing financially to the fund.
Use the bank details below for payments –
Beneficiary – Agri NC
Bank – ABSA
Account Number – 940 591 759
Branch Code – 632 005
Beneficiary Reference – Drought Fund
Donations can be made anonymous, or if an invoice is required, an email can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gaming for good: How a computer simulation hopes to help with SA’s drought Times Live - Ernest Mabuza
Virtual farmers could prove a vital piece in the cog trying to alleviate the ongoing drought across South Africa‚ after Ster-Kinekor Entertainment said R10 from the sale of every farming simulator game Pure Farming 2018 would be given to AgriSA’s Drought Relief Fund.
The fund has been set up to assist South African farmers during the current drought.
The company made the announcement on Wednesday. Pure Farming 2018 gets launched next Tuesday.
The drought relief fund was initiated by agricultural company Senwes and AgriSA in December 2015 to mobilise the public to donate funds in order to mitigate the disastrous impact of the drought‚ which is the worst since 1982.
In the first six months of the fund’s establishment‚ AgriSA collected R14-million from the public and businesses. While retail shops provided water and food hampers to the farming communities‚ farmers donated bales of fodder.
The Eastern Cape will officially be declared a national disaster area by March 15.
The declaration will see different national and provincial government departments working together to ensure farmers receive the necessary relief while groundwater exploration continues for water to be used by residents.
The scheduled declaration by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Des van Rooyen follows a reclassification of the Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Northern Cape as national disaster areas on Tuesday last week.
Cogta spokesman Legadima Leso said consultation aimed at working on a programme of action between various government departments was under way.
The three provinces also submitted requests for funding, with the Eastern Cape asking for R7.7-billion for drought alleviation.
Leso said Van Rooyen was considering the requests from the three provinces and an announcement would be made once it had been decided how much each province would receive.