South African Farmers Battle Drought as Dam Levels Drop

Drought-stricken farmers in the Western Cape have had to abandon at least a quarter of their high-value vineyards and deciduous fruit orchards because of a lack of water for irrigation. This comes after the Western Cape government said that the latest average dam levels for the province have dropped from 19.5% to 18.9%.

As a result of higher temperatures and less water, Nico Greeff’s grape farm, Begin Boerdery, is producing 60% of its usual crop.


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