Farmers organisation wants drought declared a national disaster

African Farmers Association of SA national chairman Neo Masithela says they have made a submission to government to declare the current drought a national disaster as farmers in all nine provinces have been severely affected.

This comes amid changing climate conditions and a bleak rainfall forecast for South Africa.

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Masithela says there is no way farmers will be ready for planting and asserts that weather patterns in the country are not favourable.

Remember that farmers have a tremendous responsibility for economic growth in the country.

Neo Masithela, Chairman - African Farmers Association of SA

It is going to be relatively worse in my view, so the situation is that our farmers are in a very bad situation.

Neo Masithela, Chairman - African Farmers Association of SA

What we are arguing for is that once we have declared drought as a disaster, you are able as government to pull all resources from different departments to focus on resolving what could be a big problem.

Neo Masithela, Chairman - African Farmers Association of SA

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