POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA, Dec 23 — Farmers and farm co-operatives in South Africa’s northern provinces are jubilant after a rare rainy season this past two weeks which has broken a deadly dry spell.
The rain presents a good sign for crop production, say farmers, who add that the prolonged drought left many of them destitute and fearful for the future.
A spokesperson for the Northern Transvaal Co-operative in Limpopo Province, Manie Pretorius, said Monday: “It has rained very well and farmers are in high spirits and smiling. Sales of fertilizer and seeds are very brisk. Everybody is very happy.”
Limpopo produces a range of crops and some of the biggest producers of various crops in the southern hemisphere are found in the province.
During the past ten days 119mm of rain has fallen and more rain is forecast.
The highest rainfall in the country during the past ten days was recorded at Frankfort in Free State Province with 153mm. Lydenburg in Mpumalanga Province received 130mm.