SABC News - ‘Drought leaves agricultural sector almost on the brink of collapse’:Monday 29 February 2016

‘Drought leaves agricultural sector almost on the brink of collapse’

Monday 29 February 2016 18:58

Lucas Mothibedi

Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Bheki Cele, has appealed to all agricultural communities to work together as a unit - to survive these unprecedented dry, hot conditions.(SABC)

Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Bheki Cele, has admitted that government is now running out of options to mitigate on the current prolonged drought conditions that have left the agricultural sector almost at the brink of collapse.

Cele was responding to concerns raised by organised farmers in Welgeval near Rustenburg in the North West - where he was assessing the damage and losses.

Disgruntled farmers made it clear that the R1 billion temporary relief fund made available was not enough to save the ailing agricultural sector.

After assessing the extent of damages, Cele provided a temporary intervention programme, in the form of tinkered water, refurbished boreholes, garden tools and food parcels to the most affected.

He has appealed to all agricultural communities to work together as a unit - to survive these unprecedented dry, hot conditions.

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