The Department used its initiative and looked within its own coffers to roll out over R220 million as a drought lifeline to farmers. Forty five million of this amount came from the CASP and Ilima/Letsema conditional grants.
The intervention was offered on a sliding scale with the bulk of the relief going to subsistence and struggling small-holder farmers with commercial farmers also benefitting, albeit to a limited extent, in order to protect jobs.
- R60 million went to inputs for livestock and water harvesting.
- R45 million for the scooping of 75 dams and the rehabilitation/building of 62 boreholes across the province.
- R9 million for an aggressive de-worming campaign. De-worming the stock, helped reduce stress in the animals to ensure that feed is used efficiently.
- R45 million for the provision of hay.
- R69 million, of which R41 million, has already been transferred went to the sugar sector.
- An additional R71 million also provided by the Department of Land Reform and Rural Development.