Farmers in the Western Cape are severely affected by the worst drought in 60 years.
Grape farmers in the Olifants River area’s water quota have been cut by 80%.
It means that farmers must decide which orchards should be left to the drought and which should be sprayed.
It resulted to the fact that a grape farmer in the area has “taken more water from the canal” than allocated. The farmer was fined by R10 000, but farmers in the area were upset that he still received his quota of water.
Meanwhile, there are rumors that citrus farmers in the Citrusdal area were water resources are depleted make irregularly use of more water to wet their orchards, which has resulted in a drastic decrease in Clanwilliam Dam’s level. Water fish are still there, but law enforcement, as in many other cases, does not take place.
Read the original article in Afrikaans on Die Vryburger
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