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Helping hand for drought-hit farmers

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About 95% of farmers in the two district municipalities were awarded vouchers

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FARMERS in the Namakwa and Pixley ka Seme district municipalities received a helping hand when the Northern Cape Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development issued drought relief vouchers to them.

Department spokesperson, Phemelo Manankong, said that about 95% of farmers in the two district municipalities were awarded vouchers.

“The distribution of vouchers follows after the department received R42 million for the month of April for the Drought Relief Programme. The money, which was received from the National Disaster Management Centre, was to assist farmers who were hardest hit by drought in the two district municipalities,” said Manankong.

He added that hundreds of farmers are still set to benefit from the fund.

“Farmers in the winter rainfall areas are at this stage recuperating from the effects of drought and were in a dire need for assistance. About 2 380 farmers were set to benefit from these funds as it was used for the provision of livestock feed,” Manankong said.