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Southern Africa in need of international aid as drought intensifies - AgriSA

Agriculture South Africa (AgriSA) says a task team is looking at the impact of the prevailing drought on both job security and the price of food.

The organisation has also established a drought relief fund for farmers who have been hard hit by the severe weather conditions.

AgriSA's Omri Van Zyl on Thursday said that the drought has had a compounded effect on the Southern African region and would require at least R20 billion to alleviate the impact.

Listen to the full conversation:

It would amount to between R15 - R20 billion to protect food production in South Africa going forward.

Omri Van Zyl, Executive Director at Agri SA

The idea is not to ask for international aid specifically for the country, but rather for the region.

Omri Van Zyl, Executive Director at Agri SA

61% of the regions food comes from South Africa so, if we are battling, they will be affected even worse.

Omri Van Zyl, Executive Director at Agri SA

This article first appeared on 702 : Southern Africa in need of international aid as drought intensifies - AgriSA


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