Rain brings much relief for farmers

Rain brings much relief for farmers

Farmers in parts of Gauteng and North West rejoiced as much-needed rain fell in the last few days.

The Boere in Nood (Farmers in Need) Facebook page, created in November to help farmers affected by the drought that has gripped parts of the country, catalogued joyous messages and pictures of rain from various users.

One picture, shared on Monday, showed a large, shirtless farmer near Magaliesburg striking a ballet-like pose in the rain.

“Thank you Lord! Have you ever seen a farmer laugh and a farmer cry when it rains? Nico is doing the rain dance. It is the first rain, with small hail in the Magaliesburg area. Thank you heavenly father,” reads the Afrikaans post by Jonel Verwey Hudson, which was shared by Loraine Terblans.

SA Weather Service forecaster Elizabeth Webster said Potchefstroom, in North West, got 17mm of rain on Monday. In Gauteng, 12.4mm fell in the OR Tambo International Airport area.

Another Facebook post to the group by Chris Botha showed waterlogged ground on his sister’s mielie farm near Heidelberg. Celeste Labuschagne Hayward expressed her delight and said they were still waiting for the rain to visit them in Vryburg, North West.

“But we believe it will come,” she said.

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Leonie Pieterse said on the group’s page: “Our Father, thank you so much for your merciful rain that has refreshed us. If it is your will Father, bless the other regions where it is very dry and the little grass that is there is burning.”

Linda Nagel de Klerk said Wolmaransstad, North West, was getting rain at the weekend.

Brenda Hammond van Zyl posted photos of a waterlogged lawn and gravel road on a farm near Schweizer-Reneke.

Johan van der Walt posted a part of the poster for the movie The Shawshank Redemption, with actor Tim Robbins’ character Andy Dufresne standing, arms outstretched, in the rain.

The North West, Free State, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal were declared drought disaster areas last month.

Boere in Nood’s founder, Free State businessman NC Schoombee, told News24 earlier this month that they had helped farmers across the country with animal feed. He started the group when he came across dead and ill livestock on a farm. They had so far received enormous donations from the public.

“Eastern Cape farmers and trucking companies across the country have thus far donated about R700 000 worth of feed and transport costs to farmers in the Free State, North West, Northern Cape and Limpopo,” he said.

Source: News24

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