DA requests drought allocation breakdown
by Ismail Obaray – DA Spokesperson of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform
Date: 15 September 2017
Type: Press Statement
The DA has requested the Northern Cape Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development for a detailed breakdown of how drought relief funding of R25 million, which was declared in December 2016, was allocated to farmers in the Northern Cape.
This comes amidst concerns that there are certain farmers who are desperate for help, and are still battling the effects of crippling drought conditions in the province, who appear to have been overlooked for aid.
We know of farmers who filled in the application forms distributed by the department but have received no feedback, whereas their counterparts have already been assisted with feed. In the meantime, their livestock is dying.
We understand that drought relief funding for the province is severely limited but we still need the reassurance that it was fairly and equitably allocated to farmers in need.
In this regard, we hope that MEC Norman Shushu will share with us the details surrounding the allocations, as disaster relief needs to be managed with the utmost transparency and efficiency in order to prevent biased and delayed assistance. The very survival of the agriculture sector in the Northern Cape depends on this.
DA Spokesperson of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform
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Shelley De Witt
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