Drought assessment begins

Farmers say the late rains helped them yield better produce. PIC KAGISO ONKATSWITSE
Farmers say the late rains helped them yield better produce. PIC KAGISO ONKATSWITSE

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development yesterday started the 2014 drought assessment exercise.The ministry said in a statement that the food and agricultural assessment tour of the country scheduled to begin yesterday would run until May 13.

The exercise is done to establish and assess food availability, rainfall distribution across the country, grazing and rangeland situation, nutritional status of vulnerable groups, magnitude of destitute in terms of number and distribution, as well as the implementation of Ipelegeng programmes.

The assessment is reportedly conducted every year during the cropping season by two task teams, which cover districts on the western and eastern parts of the country.

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