Drought Affecting 2.7 Million Households in South Africa
Posted by feww on February 19, 2016
Five SA provinces have already been declared drought disaster areas
Authorities have declared drought disaster in five South African provinces—Limpopo, North West, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga—as worst drought on record continues to plague much of the country.
Drought has decimated the nation’s agricultural output, killing livestock, pushing up food prices and increasing unemployment.
Speaking to the parliament, President Zuma said the drought issue was a big problem affecting millions of people across the country.
“The impact on the agricultural sector is severe and it will affect us for a long time to come.
“Farmers are facing serious challenge of dying livestock due to the drought… fact is, the drought is here…”
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