n Farmer’s Weekly - Drought : facing the reality of devastation in the Free State - feature

Volume 2019 Number 19010
  • ISSN : 0041-848X


By mid-December, the optimal planting window for maize in Bultfontein in the Free State was coming to a close. However, the farmers here weren’t readying their soils for planting. Instead, they had gathered in a shed, waiting to receive their share of R3 million worth of sunflower seed sourced by the Bultfontein Awareness Committee (BAC) and donated by seed company Pioneer. “Where in your life have you seen so many farmers standing around doing nothing at this time of year?” one voice among the small crowd asked. The rain might not have arrived in time for these farmers to plant maize, but there was still some time left in the season to get a sunflower crop in the ground.

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