This year has been the second driest year in nearly 60 years. The minimal 114mm of rainfall this year is making living conditions for farmers in the area extremely difficult. With dam levels below 20% and no relief plan in place, farmers are struggling to meet food production quotas.
Experts warn that if the drought continues, food prices will inevitably skyrocket. Not only will there be a spike in food prices, but farmers will also experience cash flow problems and the economy as a whole will suffer. “We are sitting on a ticking time bomb here,” said Agri Eastern Cape president Doug Stern.
By: Mikayla Tetreault, Staff Writer