Bhisho needs R250m for drought aid

By ASANDA NINI and ATHENA O’REILLY

The Eastern Cape government needs more than R250-million in the 2017-18 financial year to bail out provincial farmers affected by the drought that has gripped most parts of the province for years now.

As a result, the province has now approached national government to help them with the required funds needed to provide adequate drought relief assistance to thousands of affected Eastern Cape farmers.

This was revealed by rural development and agrarian reform MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane to the Bhisho legislature recently.

This comes as raging fires swept through the Joe Gqabi district earlier this month and burnt more than 10 farms.

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