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Snowfall welcomed in Western Cape

Farmers in the Western Cape are delighted by the snowfall on various mountains across the province during the 28 - 29 August weekend. According to Gerrit van der Merwe, director of the Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa in the Western Cape and citrus farmer near Citrusdal, the snow lay much thicker and lower than usual on the mountains surrounding Citrusdal. Some of the higher lying orchards are covered with snow.

“Individual citrus farmers suffered losses, but these were mainly smaller farms at higher altitudes. Farmers are generally thankful for the snow as it would help to replenish [groundwater supplies] and boreholes,” he told

Mario du Plessis, a farmer in the Warm Bokkeveld, said snow and rain were always welcome in winter, with nobody he knew suffering any losses in the region, as deciduous trees were still in “hibernation”.

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