Free State declared disaster area as drought continues



BLOEMFONTEIN - Free State farmers are battling to keep their animals and crops alive as a crippling drought continues.

Water restrictions are in effect in the province&39;s biggest municipalities.

Those who rely on the land for their livelihood are hoping the recent drought disaster declaration will provide some relief.

The Agriculture Department says only one percent of Free State farmers report their fields are fit for grazing and planting.

Increased feed costs, electricity used for irrigation and the threat of cheaper imported agricultural goods are adding to farmers&39; nightmares.

Consumers countrywide will ultimately feel the impact.

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