The department has done a thorough assessment of agricultural climatic conditions in the province and realised that severe drought conditions are occurring in most parts of the province. Weather forecasts continue to show enhanced probabilities of moderately strong El Nino conditions, with enhanced probability for below-normal rainfall totals and above normal temperatures for the 2009/10 summer rainfall season.
The worst affected areas are the whole of Mopani district, Musina and Mutale municipalities in Vhembe district, Lephalale and Mogalakwena municipalities in Waterberg district, Blouberg and Lepelle Nkumpi municipalities in Capricorn district and Fetakgomo and Makhuduthamaga in Sekhukhune district.
In anticipation of the current drought conditions, the department has already spent an amount of R24 million in the previous financial year to implement livestock water infrastructure distributed in all five districts by constructing and de-silting ten earth dams for livestock water, equipping of 130 boreholes with windmills and pumps, construction and repair of 80 drinking troughs and the installation of 10 000 litre water storage tanks to the equipped boreholes.
This financial year the department has already spent R5 million to assist both the veld fire and drought affected farmers within the province and is currently supplying livestock feed at a subsidised prices to assist both the veld fire affected farmers and the drought affected farmers for another R5 million in all the 25 municipalities. The department has requested additional funds to the tune of R38 million from National Treasury to assist the drought affected farmers in the province.
Farmers are advised to provide a lot of drinking water for livestock, sell all mature animals non breeding livestock to reduce livestock losses, build fodder reserves in years of good rainfall, limit water waste and water losses by repairing water leakages, re-cycle water, harvest and store water during rainy days.
List of departmental fodder selling depots
Bochum: 30 kilometres from Dendron Innes: 25 kilometres from Vivo Stozenfelds: 60 kilometres from Vivo My darling: 85 kilometres from Vivo Zebediela 10 kilometres from Citrus project Thabamoopo: 60 kilometres from Polokwane Grootfontein: 100 kilometres from Polokwane Syferkuil: 40 kilometres from Polokwane Chloe: 50 kilometres from Polokwane Mohodi agriculture office: 20 kilometres from Dendron Ramokgopa agriculture office: 75 kilometres from Polokwane
Strydkraal: 140 kilometres from Polokwane Mecklenburg: 150 kilometres from Polokwane Praktiseer: 200 kilometres from Polokwane Schoonoord: 180 kilometres from Polokwane Phokwane: 150 kilometres from Polokwane Tompi Seleka: 140 kilometres from Polokwane Elandsdoorn: 50 kilometres from Groblersdal Makeepesvlei: 70 kilometres from Marble Hall Tsimanyane: 130 kilometres from Polokwane Apel: 120 kilometres from Polokwane Mohlaletsi: 130 kilometres from Polokwane Ga Nchabeleng: 120 kilometres from Polokwane
Bakenberg: 50 kilometres from Mokopane Mogalakwena: 110 kilometres from Mokopane Witpoort: 70 kilometres from Lepalala Mahwelereng: 15 kilometres from Mokopane Towoomba: 8 kilometres from Bela Bela Rust de Winter: 60 kilometres from Bela Bela Dwaalboom: 90 kilometres from Thabazimbi
NTK Nwanedi: 120 kilometres from Makhado Klein Tshipise: 170 kilometres from Makhado Masisi: 160 kilometres from Makhado Gray T/C: 60 kilometres from Makhado Ravele: 40 kilometres from Makhado Vuvani: 100 kilometres from Makhado Dzanani show grounds: 40 kilometres from Makhado Malamulele: 40 kilometres from Giyani Tshikonelo: 60 kilometres from Giyani Lwamondo: 40km from Makhado Hlanganani: 30 kilometres from Makhado Makuya: 50 kilometres from Masisi
Berlyn: 40 kilometres from Tzaneen Giyani: in Giyani Belleview: 60 kilometres from Tzaneen Sekgosese: 40 kilometres from Soekmekaar Muyexe: 20 kilometres from Giyani Kgapane: 60 kilometres from Duiwelskloof Lulekane: 30 kilometres from Phalaborwa Seloane: 60 kilometres from Gravelotte Metz: 70 kilometres from Tzaneen
The fodder will be subsidised at:
90 percent subsidy on livestock feed for communal farmers 80 percent subsidy on livestock feed for Emerging farmers 70 percent subsidy on livestock feed for the Commercial farmers.
Enquiries: Thembi Makhuvele Cell: 082 803 5648
Issued by: Department of Agriculture, Limpopo Provincial Government 2 December 2009 Source: Department of Agriculture, Limpopo Provincial Government (http://www.lda.gov.za/)