Farmers struggling to keep cattle alive


File: The province of Limpopo previously suffered an outbreak in 2015. 

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HLUHLUWE - KwaZulu-Natal farmers have lost tens of thousands of cattle in the ongoing drought.

The province is one of the worst affected by the hot, dry weather.

Farmers in Hluhluwe in northern parts of the province are fighting over near-empty boreholes.

The largely rural area has received only a fraction of the rain it usually gets this time of year.

The KwaZulu-Natal government estimates that 30,000 cattle have died since the drought began last year.

But provincial farmers&39; Union, KwaNalu, believes the figure is far higher, affecting thousands of small-scale farmers and their families.

Farmers say the funds government has put aside for drought-relief efforts need to be made available as soon as possible.

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