Central SA to get nearly half of R212-million drought aid

The Bloemhoek Dam in Kroonstad was at 1 % and nearly completely depleted at some stage in 2016. File photo: Moeketsi Mogotsi.

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has highlighted the devastating effect of the drought on South Africa, saying this in turn poses a risk of social upheavals.

The statement comes as the Department announces it has managed to unlock a further R212-million in funding to assist with provision of animal feed in drought stricken areas.

The department said in a statement it put in a request to Treasury via the National Disaster Management Centre for further drought aid for the 2016/17 financial year.

The R212-million has been earmarked for the purchase of animal feed in October, November and December.

It has now allocated separate amounts to eight of South Africa’s provinces.

Central South Africa will get close on half of this funding, with R38-million allocated to North West, R31-million to Free State and R25-million to go to farmers in Northern Cape.

Statement issued