Kangnas Wind Farm has provided drought relief assistance to sheep and cattle farmers in the Northern Cape.
The Boesmanland Farmers Union, comprising of 34 members, including emerging farmers, have been adversely affected by the ongoing regional drought. Following a decrease in rainfall over the last five years, these farmers have been struggling to feed their herds. Normal rainfall has dramatically decreased from around 100mm to only 30mm per year in this area.
“With the massive decrease in the rainfall, farmers are suffering as they need to buy feed for their livestock and this is crippling them financially,” explained Cheryl Persensie, economic development manager for Kangnas Wind Farm.
Many farmers have resorted to selling their livestock in order to survive.
“These farmers are faced with the prospect of losing their livelihoods, as they aren’t able to afford to feed their livestock and this, in turn, will affect the region’s food security,” explained Persensie.
It is hoped that improved rainfall this year will result in natural feed by Spring this year.