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Heatwave and veld fires compound effects of drought, says Agri Wes-Cape

Parts of the country are experiencing the worst drought in its recorded history.

South Africa may need to import as much as five million tonnes of maize this year, roughly half of the country's requirements.

CEO of Agri Wes-Cape Carl Opperman explained that the heatwave and spate of bush fires intensify the difficulties faced by provincial farmers due to the drought.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

The tremendous heatwave and veld fires are quite a concern for us, especially with production of our crops and vines.

Carl Opperman, CEO of Agri Western Cape

Water is a scarce resource at the moment.

Carl Opperman, CEO of Agri Western Cape

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South Africa facing a maize crisis - Agbiz

South Africa facing a maize crisis - Agbiz

South Africa has been warned that only half of the land used for maize cultivation has been used due to the worst drought in years.

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