Eastern Cape farmer suicide highlights challenging drought season for farmers

South African farmers have been hardest hit by the ongoing drought season, with a farmer in the Easten Cape committing suicide as a result.

702 and Cape Talk's John Maytham spoke to Omri van Zyl, executive director of Agri SA, about the matter.

Listen to the interview below:

One of the challenges we're having is that there isn't enought fodder and feed for the farmers. It is a desperate situation we find ourselves in.

Omri van Zyl, Agri SA executive director

What we do as Agri SA is we set up a drought relief found where private donors make strategic interventions.

Omri van Zyl, Agri SA executive director

It is a situation where we have to look at the food security situation in South Africa. 61% of Southern African food comes from South Africa.

Omri van Zyl, Agri SA executive chairman

This article first appeared on 702 : Eastern Cape farmer suicide highlights challenging drought season for farmers


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