Feed donations for drought-stricken Sutherland farmers

A convoy of 33 trucks recently left the Overberg region in the Western Cape with donated feed destined for farmers in the drought-stricken Sutherland district.

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
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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.

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“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.

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.