Pick up an IN-SEASON RECIPE and lots of yummy info on your #local #food supply. bit.ly/1QS1Ldx

Agri in die media

More regions run into trouble as drought continues

Since November 2015, Agri Western Cape has distributed 5 500 tonnes of feed at a cost of R4 million to Western Cape producers in need of drought assistance thanks to generous contributions by producers, business and the public to the Agri Western Cape Drought Relief Fund (excluding the financial contribution by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture).

Initially, Agri Western Cape only assisted producers in the province’s two drought disaster areas: the Central Karoo and the West Coast District. However, due to another dry winter in 2016 and very little rainfall in the Western Cape’s summer rainfall regions, more producers ran into trouble as dam levels continued to drop and farms dams ran dry. Devastating fires earlier this year in the Southern Cape and Knysna areas destroyed what little grazing was left in the area, resulting in producers in the Eden district now also requiring urgent help.

Our Drought Relief Fund is depleted and while producers in the northern provinces are generously donating feed, the transporting cost is extremely expensive. Anyone wishing to contribute, can do so at Agri Western Cape, ABSA Cheque – 400 960 313, ref drought relief.

Up to date, the winter season has not yet delivered the critical rainfall that the province and the agriculture sector urgently need, but producers, especially those in the province’s grain producing regions, are hopeful for a late winter with rain well into late September.

After two seasons of under average rainfall, no post-harvest water is available for our citrus and deciduous fruit producers. This will surely have an impact on next year’s harvest. In many areas the early winter was very warm and very little snow and cold units can also have an effect on the fruit.

Even if the dams fill up and groundwater is back in place, it will not solve the problem. Water demand in the Western Cape is rising, and agriculture needs its part. The province’s water needs to get better management status so that the Western Cape does not end up in similar situations in the future. We are now in a worse position than the same time last year. The need for water in the province is huge, but the national Department of Water and Sanitation does not have a workable plan that can be rolled out.

Posted on August 7, 2017 in Blog


Agri Wes-Kaap lede log in

Nog nie 'n Agri Wes-Kaap lid?

Agri Wes-Kaap:

  • fokus voortdurend op die ontwikkeling van vooruitstrewende landboustrategieë.
  • bewerkstellig 'n positiewe beleidsraamwerk vir die landbou in die Wes-Kaap waarbinne wette, regulasies, ordinansies en gesindhede landbou-vriendelik is.
  • sien toe dat landbou in die Wes-Kaap sy eie toekoms verseker, deur aktiewe betrokkenheid op alle lewensterreine.
  • skep ‘n kollektiewe magsbasis vir die landbougemeenskap in die Wes-Kaap.
  • bied ‘n fokuspunt waardeur die kollektiewe belang van landbou in die Wes-Kaap optimaal bevorder word.

Doen aansoek om ‘n Agri Wes-Kaap lid te word Ons sal reëlings met jou plaaslike Landbouvereniging tref en skakel jou terug.

Not an Agri member yet?

Agri Western Cape:

  • constantly focuses on developing more progressive agricultural strategies.
  • negotiates a positive policy framework on behalf of agriculture in the Western Cape, within which laws, regulations, ordinances and attitudes are agriculture friendly.
  • provides a platform for agriculture in the Western Cape to ensure its own future, through involvement in all spheres of life.
  • creates a collective power base for the agricultural community of the Western Cape.
  • optimally promotes the collective interest of agriculture in the Western Cape.

Apply for Agri WC membership We will make arrangements via your local Agricultural Association and get back to you.


I-Agri Western Cape:

  • ihlala igxile kuphuhliso lwamaqhinga ezolimo anenkqubela nangakumbi.
  • yenza uthethathethwano loyilo lwemigaqo-nkqubo emihle egameni lwezolimo eNtshona Koloni, ekuye kuthi kuyo yuqunlunqwe imithetho, imigaqo, izibhengezo kunye nendlela yokucinga evelana nezolimo.
  • idala iqonga lokuba ezolimo ziqinisekisa ikamva lazo, ngokuzibandakanya kwiinkalo zonke zobomi.
  • idala isiseko esinamandla kuluntu lwezolimo eNtshona Koloni.
  • ikhuthaza ngokwaneleyo umdla kuwonke-wonke kwezolimo eNtshona Koloni.

Yenza isicelo sokuba lilingu Siza kwenza amalungiselelo neManyano yeZolimo yengingqi yakho, size sibuyele kuwe.

Subscribe to our fun,
educational, inspiring
and winning updates -
and Grow Greatness
in your home.