The Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) has distributed around US$5,51,490 in fodder support to 1727 farmers located in extreme or critically extreme drought areas in the Western Cape
These areas include Central and Little Karoo, parts of the Cape Winelands and the northern parts of Matzikamma. The distribution of fodder support vouchers to qualifying farmers was made with full regard for the COVID-19 lockdown regulations.
For information regarding the nationwide lockdown and agriculture, including protocols and guidelines regarding the transport of seasonal agri-workers and health and safety in the workplace, the WCDoA provides a frequently-asked-questions toolkit for the agricultural sector.
During the last six years of persistent drought, the WCDoA has provided approximately U$13mn worth of fodder support vouchers to farmers across the Western Cape.
Dr Ivan Meyer, Western Cape, minister of agriculture, said, “I am thankful to the agricultural sector for the role it is playing in the Western Cape amidst COVID-19.”
Farmers, producers and agri-workers have continued to contribute towards food security despite the worst drought in 100 years along with the pandemic.