The Western Cape is the leading province in agricultural output and due to the drought a significant reduction in food production is expected.
The province is seen as the “bread basket” of the country and in October wheat farmers started to count the costs of the debilitating drought.
Wheat farmer Cobus Bester says that banks and agricultural business work together with farmers in making the decision on what will be best for the farming industry in the next five years.
“This is the worst drought that we have had over a 100 years in the Western Cape and it is going to have a severe impact, not only on the economy of the Western Cape, but (on) the economy of South Africa,” says Carl Opperman from the Agri-Western Cape.
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