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Drought-stricken farmers thrown a lifeline

Wednesday 12 October 2016 20:24

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Some farmers have lost their cattles as a result of drought in North West.

Some farmers have lost their cattles as a result of drought in North West. (SABC)

The National Agricultural Marketing Council has launched a program aimed at helping farmers whose cattle are dying due to severe drought. Called The Custom Feeding Program, the project will assist farmers who are unable to look after their animals.

Frustrated cattle farmers have been losing their livelihood, due to severe drought. However, thanks to the Custom Feeding Program, R6 million has been invested to assist farmers in the North West.

"With the help from government, recently, we saw a miracle; the cattle we expected they would be dead by now ... after three months they had gained weight and were ready to go to the abattoir, " says cattle farmer Essau Mafete.

The aim of the program is to assist small scale farmers to gain some money, while also helping to provide quality meat, amid the drought.

“The main purpose of this programme is to improve the meat quality, the weight and to bring good market to the emerging farms,” says National Agricultural Marketing Council’s David Mopelwa.

A farmer has to pay R850 for each cow they enlist in the programme. So far, 85 cattle have been sold.

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