SABC News - Drought continues to kill livestock in North West and Northern Cape:Sunday 19 January 2014

Drought continues to kill livestock in North West and Northern Cape

Sunday 19 January 2014 06:34

Itumeleng Kgajane

North West and Northern Cape livestock in need of animal feed.

North West and Northern Cape livestock in need of animal feed.(SABC)

Hundreds of livestock continue to die in the drought-stricken provinces of North West and the Northern Cape.

Government aid to affected farmers seems to be inadequate and farmers in the Western Cape are rushing feed through to as many farms in the two provinces as possible. North West Agriculture chairperson Korr Janse van Vuuren says they are grateful for the relief.

Western Cape Agriculture MEC Gerrit Van Rensburg announced that Western Cape farmers experienced good harvests in the last couple of years and are willing to assist the North West and Northern Cape provinces.

The problem has however, been transporting the animal feed from the Western Cape. Van Rensburg says Transnet has agreed to transport the animal feed.

Agriculture North West's Korr Janse van Vuuren says they expect the fodder to be transported to the North West at the end of this month, as loading the goods train might take a little longer due to the long distances that some animal feeds will be transported from.

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