THE Vukani Wool Growers’ Co-operative from Mthwakazi Village in Whittlesea is in desperate need of water for livestock.Cooperative members said they had no boreholes and dams had run dry.
The situation was forcing farmers to resort to desperate measures, using tap water to give relief to livestock.
Cooperative chairman Xolile Msingizane said the Vukani project started operating in 2014 and was funded by the Eastern Cape department of economic development.
His current concern, he said, was the lack of progress in the project.
Sheep were getting stuck in the muddy soil surrounding the dams, resulting in their deaths.
Shelter to keep the sheep warm and preventing their deaths in the cold, snowy weather during winter, was also needed.
Requests for assistance were sent to the district’s department of rural development and agrarian reform (DRDAR).
“When we approached the district for assistance, we were told this term’s budget was focusing on Gwatyu farmers.”
Msingizane said the department of agriculture was presenting them with feed, medicines and dipping.
Mthwakazi Village Farmers’ Association member Ndumiso Ndevu said a lack of fences resulted in wandering livestock.
The Rep asked DRDAR head of department Mfokazana Ndaba what would happen to farmers who needed funds with immediate effect which the department was not able to provide.
He said the newspaper would be invited to a related meeting, but the date was not yet confirmed.