Drought-stricken Free State farmers in dire straits

Drought-stricken farmers in the Free State were in a desperate financial situation, according to Free State Agriculture’s operational manager, Dr Jack Armour.

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He said many of the farmers have used their financial reserves to keep their animals alive, while others had to sell the animals at rock bottom prices.

“They’re using the little money they got for their animals to tide the drought over. The problem is, however, that they will have to buy animals after the drought at inflated prices to start again.

“To make matters worse the Free State government has failed to officially declare the province a disaster area. This means the farmers do not qualify for any relief aid whatsoever,” said Armour.

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A prayer meeting for rain to be led by evangelist Angus Buchan has in the meantime been organised for 31 January. It will take place at the Grey College grounds in Bloemfontein at 10am. Free tickets can be booked at www.iTickets.co.za

Free State Agriculture has created a disaster fund (Absa, branch code: 632 005; account number: 406 326 1491) in a bid to raise funds for the purchase and transportation of animal feed for the affected farmers. 

* Prospective donors can contact Dr Jack Armour at 051 444 4609.

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