Agri SA calls for govt assistance for farmers affected by the drought

Agri SA has called for relief for farmers who have been hardest-hit and devastated by the ongoing drought.

Despite plenty of rain over recent weeks in various parts of the country, South Africa's farmers are still experiencing the worst drought in a decade.

702's Bruce Whitfield spoke to executive director at Agri SA, Omri van Zyl, regarding the crisis in the country's agriculture and food security sector.

We haven't had widespread rain in South Africa so far, specifically in the Northern Cape, North West and parts of the Free State.

Omri van Zyl, Agri SA

Food price inflation has been attributed to the challenging conditions that the country's farmers are having to survive as a result of the drought.

This exacerbates the previous drought that we've had over the passed two years in terms of reproduction for this country.

Omri van Zyl, Agri SA

The agricultural group said that government remains challenged in mobilising action to assist farmers in need.

The perception is that there's rain in Joburg so the drought is broken; that's not the case.

Omri van Zyl, Agri SA

Listen to the full interview to learn more about the ongoing drought:

Read More
Demand for water-wise properties is skyrocketing

Demand for water-wise properties is skyrocketing

Head of Gumtree Property says drought conditions increasing demand for properties with boreholes, no lawns, and small gardens.

Food prices won't go up for Christmas - economist

Food prices won't go up for Christmas - economist

Agriculture economist Prof. Johann Willemse says grain and meat prices won't rise until 2017, good news for festive season.

Passionate about organic foods and helping farmers

Passionate about organic foods and helping farmers

Debbie Logan dedicates her time sourcing and visiting organic farmers in the country to bring the freshest produce to customers.

AgriSA wants minister to declare entire country a national drought disaster area

AgriSA wants minister to declare entire country a national drought disaster area

Cooperative Governance Minister, Des van Rooyen, declares drought disaster areas in 8 provinces because of the ongoing drought.

Drought damage may cut SA estimate corn yield by 2.5%

Drought damage may cut SA estimate corn yield by 2.5%

According to a recent survey, SA may cut its estimated for corn production by 2.5% this season due to drought damage.

Your lawn can help farm animals

Your lawn can help farm animals

Agri SA is asking that companies and communities assist with donating their grass trimmings to feed animals in drought-stricken parts of the country.

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

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

AgriSA says the drought has had a compounded effect on the SADC region and would require at least R20 billion to alleviate the impact.

Eastern Cape farmer suicide highlights challenging drought season for farmers

Eastern Cape farmer suicide highlights challenging drought season for farmers

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

Drought: Only thing grain farmers can do is 'pray for rain'

Drought: Only thing grain farmers can do is 'pray for rain'

Stephen Grootes speaks to Oom Kosie van Zyl, an Agri SA advisor about latest drought interventions in farming.

Popular articles
Ntsiki Mazwai gets behind 24 hour social media boycott #DataMustFall

Ntsiki Mazwai gets behind 24 hour social media boycott #DataMustFall

Ntsiki Mazwai is asking South Africans to stay off social media on Wednesday in a #DataMustFall campaign.

Are you having panic attacks? Here's what you need to know

Are you having panic attacks? Here's what you need to know

Behavioural psychologist Dr Helgo Schomer explains the symptoms, treatments and tips for people who suffer panic attacks.

Absa must pay back the money - Gwede Mantashe

Absa must pay back the money - Gwede Mantashe

Mantashe also says that the Reserve Bank is within its rights to review Mkhwebane's remedial actions recommendations.

[LISTEN] Home Affairs says Ajay Gupta was never a SA citizen - Eusebius responds

[LISTEN] Home Affairs says Ajay Gupta was never a SA citizen - Eusebius responds

A statement released by Home Affairs confirms that Ajay Gupta only has a permanent resident permit and is not a citizen of SA.

CAPS is killing teachers passion - caller

CAPS is killing teachers passion - caller

CapeTalk caller says Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) is not good for South Africa's education system.