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South Africa: Farmers in Franschoek have run out of water

According to a farmer in Franschoek, the water that is released by the Berg River Dam has been shut off for the last three weeks. Farmers are allocated 40% of the water that flows from the Berg River Dam for irrigation, but will now have to find alternative water sources. The remaining water does not flow and has become stagnant.

Jeanne Boshoff, a spokesperson of Agri-Western Cape, states that farmers in the Berg River region have depleted their water quota. Agriculture has been allocated a certain amount of water. Boshoff maintains that farmers were well aware that their water quota was nearing its end.

According to, the agricultural sector contributes 2% of South Africa’s GDP, with the Western Cape contributing more than a fifth of that. The province’s major commodities are that of horticulture –vegetables, wines and fruits. The Western Cape also produces livestock, meat, dairy and crops such as wheat and barley. All these are heavily reliant on water.

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