Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems
05 January 2010
Suffering from the worst drought in 130 years, the Southern Cape farmers are to benefit from a ‘Christmas gesture’ disaster relief programme.
The Western Cape Agriculture MEC, Gerrit van Rensburg, has offered to pay the transport cost of farmers in the province who are able to provide help to drought-stricken farmers through the supply of feed.
Agri Western Cape has said it will take years before the Southern Cape’s farming industry gets back on track. The low water supplies have so far threatened about 1000ha of fruit plantations.
Back in December, and owing to the critical drought, the Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan sanctioned an increase in the water tariff as a measure to curb usage. Despite this action further water restrictions could be implemented early in 2010.