27 October 2013
North West Premier Thandi Modise today said everything is
being done to expedite the financial assistance that farmers require to
mitigate against the drought conditions they are currently experiencing.
Premier Modise Spokesperson Moses Lesiba Kgwele said processes
to access the R 400 million emergency relief grant to assist the 23 346 farmers
who have applied for financial assistance to safe close to 1 million livestock
units across the province are at an advanced stage for relief to be rolled out
soon as the impact of the drought has had a devastating impact on crops,
livestock and the livelihood of both subsistence and commercial farmers.
Kgwele also said that R50 million of the emergency
relief grant that the province expects to be transferred in the next week will
be targeted for rehabilitation of water reticulation infrastructure such as
boreholes and windmills to alleviate water shortage for human consumption
currently experienced in Mamusa, Greater Taung, Kagisano-Molopo and Ditsobotla.
He added that Premier Modise is scheduled to meet with a
delegation of the North West Agricultural Sector Unity Forum that represents
North West African Farmers Association, Agri-North West, North West African
Farmers Union and Transvaal Agriculture Union TAU-Western Region on Tuesday in Mahikeng to address the
concerns of the forum regarding the advertised tender process for the provision
and distribution of animal feed.
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