Sunday, February 22, 2015

DA: Food security at risk as drought stricken farmers

Loyiso Langeni
22 February 2015

The Democratic Alliance said it is concerned that the livelihoods and jobs of farmers and farm workers is at serious risk.

DA MP of Agrigulture Forestry and Fisheries Annette Steyn said large parts of South Africa are currently in the grip of a major agriculturally debilitating drought. If the government fails to intervene and curb the potentially devastating impact of drought on South Africa’s rural communities.

It is estimated that this could be a last R10 billion to the industry and could put our rural areas in very a difficulty situation. It is also expected that Farmers would be forced to sell their land should they not be able to manage the risk.

The DA said it has written to the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Machwene Semenya, requesting her to put the issue of the drought and the lack of support to farming communities on the agenda of the committee’s work.

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