The Eastern Cape Premier, Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane met with citrus producing farmers from the Gamtoos River Valley region in Gqeberha on May 4.
The meeting, which took place at the Sarah Baartman District offices in Gqeberha, which sought to find solutions to the ongoing drought distress that continues to threaten the sector, farm jobs, as well as the livelihoods of thousands in the region.
The meeting heard how the Kouga Dam, which in 2015 was overflowing at 100%, was now at a dangerous 4.4%. This despite painstaking efforts to conserve the critical resource of water, through restrictions on irrigation, as well as interventions by Government in digging boreholes in various areas of the region.
Soundclip: The Premier’s remarks during the meeting held on May 4 with Citrus Farmers.