Monday, 04 April 2016 02:09

Drought Relief

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.
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