SAAI worried about increase of suicide among farmers
Written by Lethiwe Mdluli on 14 November, 2019
The Southern African Agri Initiative says the agricultural community is worried about a dramatic increase in suicide among farmers.
It is ascribed to the drought which is leading to high debt, and unsympathetic banks and other financial service providers who are reportedly calling in the debt of drought-stricken farmers on a daily basis and evicting them from their farms.
Saai’s, Theo de Jager, says the financial positions of farmers who are bowled out by the drought are dire, and their families are at breaking point:
Meanwhile in KZN, government has announced that since the province is experiencing severe drought, they will be injecting an amount to the tune of R20 million through the department of agriculture and rural development.
They say R17 million will be set aside to procure livestock feed and R3 million will go towards medicines and vaccinations.
By: Lethiwe Mdluli