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NC farmers urged to re-register for drought relief fund

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Only farmers with farms in the Northern Cape are eligible and they must possess a certified South Africa ID, as well as valid confirmation of land tenure/ownership and a valid brand mark certificate

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ALL EXTENSIVE livestock farmers in the Northern Cape who are within the drought-stricken areas of the Province have been urged to re-register for the Province’s drought relief fund.

This includes commercial, emerging and subsistence farmers, especially those in the prioritised areas.

These include the Namakwa District, part of the Pixley ka Seme District (especially the Kareeberg Local Municipality) and parts of the ZF Mgcawu District (especially Kai !Garib, !Kheis and parts of Dawid Kruiper Municipality).

The spokesperson for the Northern Cape Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs, Land Reform and Rural Development, Luphahla Zandisile, explained that the drought relief fund was a grant fund aimed at assisting all categories of extensive livestock farmers to purchase fodder through a voucher system, in partnership with identified agri-businesses, who are ordinarily in the business of selling livestock fodder.

Only farmers with farms in the Northern Cape are eligible and they must possess a certified South Africa ID, as well as valid confirmation of land tenure/ownership and a valid brand mark certificate. A completed application form with the relevant signatures and indicating the latest livestock numbers is also required.

Application forms are available at the district extension offices, through the relevant organised agriculture offices and on the department’s website www.agrinc.gov.za. Applications officially close on October 15, 2020 at 4pm.