December: Month of attacks and drought for farmers

The month of December has been a shocking month for South African farmers.

Agri SA and TAU SA, said to farmers.

The two organizations said amid the latest wave of farm attacks in a joint statement that it is difficult to warn their members not to act irresponsibly, amid the continuing prevalence of farm attacks – and the wave of crime affecting the agricultural community engulfed.

“The 53 killings recorded by the organizations this year, compared to the 54 that occurred last year, are alarming and the number can still rise until the end of the year.

“There were already 383 farm attacks this year compared to the 394 of 2018.

“It indicates the crime risk to which farmers and farmworkers are exposed daily.”

In December alone there are more than 10 farm attacks recorded, there are usually more that’s not on record. Some of these attacks were reported by Ian Cameron of Afriforum.

 

These attacks aren’t the only thing our farmers have to deal with, many South African farms have been struggling with drought with little to no help from the government.

Nicol Jansen, president of Agri SA in the Northern Cape, says it is the worst drought in more than 50 years. “This is an extreme problem. Most farmers have already lost 30% of their livestock. ”

Carel van der Merwe, another farmer from Vanwyksvlei, says: “There will be no more meat on our shelves any time soon. This is our reality. It will soon be impossible for people working at the abattoirs to work. “