North West rain relief

Farmers in the drought-stricken areas of the North West have expressed their gratitude for the recent downpour of rain over the past few days, according to Agri North West president Cor Jansen van Vuuren.
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This photo was taken in the Schweizer Reneke area after recent heavy rains.
Photo: Courtesy of Cor Jansen van Vuuren

“Farmers can’t stop saying thank you. This is the first rains they’ve received in three months.”

The majority of the province had received rainfall of between 400mm and 450mm in the past week, while some areas received between 100mm and 250mm.

Van Vuuren said the rains were more than what was usually received in February.

“We were desperate. The rain has saved commercial farmers a lot of problems because if it did not rain in time, farmers would be out of business,” he added.

Naudé Pienaar, deputy CEO of Agri North West, said it was still too early to say whether there had been any damage caused by the rains.