Farmers brace for harvest of hunger

Facing despair: Motshidisi Mokgolele contemplates his future
Facing despair: Motshidisi Mokgolele contemplates his future

In the south, small-scale crop farmers have come to regard the recent showers with contempt, regarding them as a slap in the face from the gods who are surely laughing at the damage they have already wrought. Hectare after hectare, crops lie wilted, shrivelled and dead. Farmers are justifiably distraught with a bleak future in sight. This week, Mmegi Photojournalist, KAGISO ONKATSWITSE traversed the villages and here chronicles a few cases

Farmers in the south have stopped craning their necks skyward for signs of rain. That type of hope is incongruent with the hectares of wilting, dying crops that lie at their feet, the precursor to a new season of hunger.

Since October, instead of rain, the southern parts of the country have been blasted by heatwaves and high temperatures, which in some cases have reached record highs.

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