Ceres growers help drought-stricken Karoo farmers

A group of growers from Ceres recently made the journey to Sutherland to support the hardest hit growers in the drought-stricken Karoo.

Ceres growers help drought-stricken Karoo farmers
Four crates of spaghetti squash, amongst other things, have been donated to the greater Sutherland community by growers in Ceres.
Photo: Tru-Cape
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A group of growers from Ceres recently made the journey to Sutherland to support the hardest hit growers in the drought-stricken Karoo.

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“We took six large trucks of grain to nearby Williston to help farmers maintain starving sheep, and then we shared 20t of food with the greater Sutherland community,” said Wilhelm De Kock, a Tru-Cape apple and pear grower and member of the Ceres Fruit Growers association.

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De Kock is also a member of Patmos, an inter-church alliance, who was also involved in the project.

According to Francois Malan, Ceres Fruit Growers’ managing director, the Patmos choir sang for the Williston community while 25 000 apples, 300 packets of beetroot, 300 punnets of mushrooms, 5 000 juice boxes of Ceres Fruit Juice, four bins of pumpkins and 300 bags of potatoes from the Ceres community were shared.

“We also donated four bins of cauliflower, 400 bags of onions, four crates of spaghetti squash and 150 hampers of spices and kitchen essentials,” said De Kock.

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Growers’ family members assembled sweets and lucky-packets for the children of the Sutherland community. “We were also pleased to share 200 blankets and 100 bibles with the community,” said de Kock.

De Kock said they were already planning a follow-up donation, and were currently canvassing growers for further contributions.

Roelf Pienaar, Tru-Cape managing director, said this example of generosity towards a community in need was a reminder of humanity’s combined potential for greatness.

Jeandré Du Preez is the newest addition to the Farmer’s Weekly team. Originating from a Riversdal farming family, she has farming in her blood. After school she furthered her studies at Stellenbosch and has been working as an agricultural journalist for the past two years. She says she feels privileged to write about an industry paramount to the survival of all South Africans and is inspired by the innovative solutions with which the farming community bridges the many challenges they face. She enjoys being able to combine work with travel and appreciates the modesty and friendliness with which South Africa’s farmers share their accomplishments. She enjoys being able to combine work with travel and appreciates the modesty and friendliness with which South Africa’s farmers share their accomplishments. If she is not writing or visiting farms, you’ll find her relaxing with a good mystery novel or exploring her other passions: travelling and cooking.