SOUTHERN CAPE NEWS - Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, has expressed his gratitude that the Western Cape will be receiving an additional amount to aid drought relief efforts in the Central Karoo and Garden Route Districts.
"I welcome the news that the National Government has allocated R25-million towards drought mitigation," he said. "The funds will assist in alleviating some of the impact of the drought, bringing much-needed relief to some of the most severely affected by the drought."
In a statement released today, 19 March, he said projects that will be implemented include fodder for livestock in the extremely critical areas, stock watering systems, conservation agriculture, alien clearing and fencing.
Climate change predictions have shown that the Western Cape will become drier with an even more erratic rainfall pattern and authorities will have to mitigate this by stepping up the management of natural resources such as land, water, soil, plants and animals.
"It is therefore imperative that we manage our natural resources effectively, as sustainable resource management will improve the economic viability of the agriculture sector in the Western Cape," said Meyer.
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