South Africa: Milk Flows as Crops Fail

SOUTH AFRICA - Members of the Tafelkop Farmers Association near Groblersdal in Limpopo have added dairy production to their farming activities in a move meant to argument their depressed income due to years of poor harvest, depressed agricultural products market prices, high input costs, and continual droughts.
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The 27 farmers after realising that their small patch of land was yielding a measly harvest realising poor returns decided to diversify into dairy production.

With the assistance of Heifer International and the department of agriculture, the farmers in 2004 formed the Hereford Dairy Project which is part of the 32 member, Tafelkop Farmers Association.

The project aims at helping farmers increase their incomes through a scaled, efficiency and quality driven milk production.

“When you have a dairy cow, you have money in your pocket, food on your table, protection against failing rains and rising prices,” Johannes Ngbuyane a member of the dairy project.

Source: Africa News

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