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Northern Cape farmers receive drought relief support

Kangnas Wind Farm has stepped in to provide drought relief support to Northern Cape farmers, who who have been adversely affected by the ongoing regional drought. The wind farm has provided drought relief assistance to sheep and cattle farmers, who are failing to feed their herds, following the massive decrease in rainfall that has plagued the region over the last five years.
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The Boesmanland Farmers Union comprises of 34 members, including emerging farmers, all of whom have been struggling for nearly five consecutive years, following the normal rainfall having dramatically decreased from around 100mm to only 30mm per year.

"With the massive decrease in the rainfall, farmers are suffering as they need to buy feed for their livestock and this is crippling them financially," explained Cheryl Persensie, economic development manager for Kangnas Wind Farm.

The extended drought has meant that farmers have had to sell off their livestock to survive, having reached a breaking point. This is also starting to affect the broader community, who depend on the farmers for certain food products.

"These farmers are faced with the prospect of losing their livelihoods, as they aren’t able to afford to feed their livestock and this, in turn, will affect the region’s food security," explained Persensie.

It is hoped that improved rainfall this year will result in natural feed by Spring this year.
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