Farmers, farmworkers and communities affected by devastating natural disasters, such as wildfires, can now apply for assistance from the Agri SA's new Disaster Relief Foundation.
The Manager of the Risk and Disaster Unit at Agri SA, Andrea Campher, says the foundation aims to supply food packages, under the management of the Surplus Food Aid campaign, to farmers, farmworkers and needy communities suffering from food insecurity.
“Beneficiaries can get assi-
stance packages in the form of fodder, infrastructure, transport costs and humanitarian aid,” Campher says.
To get assistance, applicants must approach Agri SA’s provincial and municipal offices that will perform need assessments before forwarding the application to Agri SA.
Agri SA interventions to offer relief to the agricultural sector are not new. In 2015, Agri SA’s Drought Relief Fund was established to address challenges brought by drought, but due to the sector experiencing other disasters as well as the drought, a foundation had to be set up to address broader challenges.
“Since 2015, over R30 million has been distributed to farmers and farmworkers, through Agri SA’s provincial and commodity affiliates, towards disaster aid in the agricultural sector,” Campher says.