Cooperative Governance Minister, Des van Rooyen, declared 8 provinces drought disaster areas, as a result of the ongoing drought.
Gauteng is the only province that was not included in this list.
AgriSA President Johannes Möller, says they have welcomed the move, but says they want a national drought disaster to be declared.
Möller calls on the government to provide financial assistance to farmers as soon as possible.
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In a statement, the minister said drought has been worsened by the poor state of water infrastructure, and people are not doing enough to conserve water during this time of scarcity.
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