AGRICULTURAL DROUGHT APPEAL

Agri Eastern Cape, Boere in Nood (BIN) and Gift of the Givers are appealing for assistance in respect of donations of funds and/or transport to get much needed feed to livestock in both the Eastern Cape and Garden Route.

The recent fires in both the Southern and Eastern Cape, coupled with the prolonged drought, have brought farmers to their knees, financially. Livestock is being lost on a daily basis and it has become a matter of survival for livestock and farmers, in an effort to remain on their land.

Agri Eastern Cape represents more than 3,000 farmers within the province. Their focus is on assisting their members as well as emerging and small holding farmers where possible.

In addition to the work done by Agri Eastern Cape, organisations such as “Boere in Nood” (BIN)” and “Gift of the Givers” are assisting farmers in distress across the country and right now the Eastern Cape and the Garden Route need a lot of assistance.

Areas where help is urgently required are:

Williston, Sutherland, Brandvlei, Loeriesfontein, Springbok, Kenhardt, Uniondale, Riversdal, Albertinia, Mossel Bay, Hoekwil, Steytlerville, Cathcart, Hogsback, Garies, Aberdeen, Willowmore, Laingsburg, Prince Albert, Leeu Gamka, Ladysmith, Beaufort West and Port Nolloth.

Further to this, the Western Areas of the Eastern Cape have still not received any rain. The area stretches from Rietbron in the West to Pearston in the East, Graaff-Reinet in the North and Steytlerville in the South, with other towns and districts lying within this region like Aberdeen, Jansenville and Klipplaat.

Agri Eastern Cape works with Gift of the Givers and has also endorsed BIN relative to the plight of fellow farmers.

Agri Eastern Cape welcomes the assistance by individuals, corporates and private businesses, who have, as well as those who want to assist farmers in need within the Eastern Cape specifically, and will make a contribution into a Disaster Fund managed by their organisation. The Disaster Fund is audited by registered auditors, namely “Moore Stephens WK Incorporated Chartered Accountants (SA).”

BOERE IN NOOD (BIN) is a non-profit organisation, registration number 164-418, founded in November 2015 to assist agricultural efforts which are suffering due to drought and other natural disasters. Up to now, the organisation has assisted more than 2,000 farmers.

BIN is in desperate need of transport, diesel or donations to pay for it. The organisation has received donations of nearly 6,000 big bales of feed from Mpumalanga, Gauteng and the Free State. These donations were made by farmers who were assisted by BIN during 2016.

The feed is delivered to a central point. Farmers’ names are not divulged, unless they choose to. The names of people who donate are mentioned on the BIN Facebook page when the loading and delivery of feed is captured in a post. There are currently 53,000 members on the BIN group’s Facebook page.

All farmers needing assistance are required to fill out an application form. This assists the organisation in planning the logistics in respect of the truckloads and also serves for record keeping purposes as the organisation is audited. BIN does not charge any membership fee and do their best to assist every farmer who applies. There are, at present, 718 farmers on the waiting list. The biggest problem is to transport livestock feed, which has been donated, to where it is required.

Here are three entities you could choose to support:

Agri Eastern Cape:

www.agriec.co.za for more info or make a contribution to:

Agri Eastern Cape Emergency Disaster Fund

ABSA Bank Savings Account

Account number: 

9299 29 4879

Branch code: 

632005


Boere In Nood:

Contact Boere In Nood either by email: Carina@boereinnood.co.za or on Facebook/Boere In Nood (Group) or make a donation to:

Boere in Nood

First National Bank Cheque Account

Account no:         

62614580084

Branch code:       

250-655


Gift of the Givers:

www.giftofthegivers.org

Contact Gift of the Givers by email and for deposit slips: sooliman@giftofthegivers.org

Standard Bank Current Account

Account no:        

 052137228

Branch code:      

 057525