Feed donations for drought-stricken Sutherland farmers

Feed donations for drought-stricken Sutherland farmers
A group of farmers from the Overberg region in the Western Cape, along with Overberg Agri, have donated 33 truckloads of feed to their counterparts in the Northern Cape, where severe drought conditions are continuing.
Photo: Gideon Albertyn

The donation comprised 1 100 bales of hay, 210 bags of maize and barley, 12t of molasses and 38 lick blocks.

The organiser of the project was Jean-Louis Fourie, grain depot manager at Overberg Agri in Klipdale.

This is the second year that farmers from the area reached out to their Northern Cape counterparts.

“Last year we had a convoy of 11 trucks; [but this year] the generosity of the farmers has been amazing,” according to Dirk Hanekom, a farmer from the Kilpdale area, who participated in the project. He said farmers had donated so generously that there were not enough trucks available to transport all the feed.

“We are farmers ourselves and it is hard to see a fellow farmer struggle. Here in the Overberg we had a good year. It is nice to be able to give when you have been generously blessed,” he added.