Karoo Drought Intervention
The Karoo, in the Northern Cape of South Africa, is in the worst drought in 220 years. For the past seven years this region has received below average rainfall. (The average rainfall for the region in normal conditions are around 250mm a year, currently it is a fraction of it or nothing at all.)
The Karoo region covers an area of 395 000 square kilometers. The region is known for farming, producing mostly meat, wool and mohair. The wool and mohair are mainly exported to Europe and China.
Under normal conditions the Karoo produces one third of South Africa’s meat. Due to the ongoing drought farmers had to drastically reduce their flocks. Most farmers are left with only a handful of their breeding stock.
The effect of the drought:
Production has dropped to an all time low
Natural grazing is depleted
Animals must be fed daily
Farmers are using their life savings to survive
Many farm-workers lost their jobs
Save the Sheep (NPC)
Save the Sheep is a registered non-profit company. StS is based in Sutherland in the Northern Cape of South Africa. Our farmers in the Northern Cape do not receive any financial support from local or national Government. Therefore the Sutherland District had to become self reliant. The main objective of StS is to provide farmers with fodder on an ongoing basis. StS have supported 131 farmers in Sutherland District on a full time basis over the past year. The end of the drought is not known to anyone thus we need to keep on hoping the rain come soon.
How does Save the Sheep support ?
StS supply farmers with:
- fodder ever two to three weeks
- financial assistance
- water tanks
- solar water pump systems
The farmers in the Karoo are in desperate need of financial support to survive this devastating drought.
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