Govt won't pay for flood-damaged crops

2011-01-18 22:17

Bloemfontein - Government will not compensate farmers for their flood-damaged crops, Minister of Agriculture Tina Joemat-Pettersson said on Tuesday.

The government would, however, provide "relief and assistance" where infrastructure was damaged and displaced farm workers needed food parcels.

"Where there is damage to infrastructure government would assist. However, government will not ... offer compensation for any damage to crops," she said in a statement.

Her office said the issue of crop damage was an insurance matter.

"We hope that the farmers will be able to recover their losses through their insurance companies," a ministry statement said.

Joemat-Pettersson said past experience proved that government had always prioritised the plight of people, especially the most vulnerable in the society.

"We will provide everything possible in terms of evacuation, food parcels and to assist with the restoration of the damaged infrastructure."

Provinces affected by the floods, especially those that had been declared disaster areas could also apply to Treasury for financial relief, she said.

Agricultural body, TAU SA, on Tuesday said farmers also needed relief of disaster funding.

TAU SA president Ben Marais said the body appreciated the fast action by several ministers to visit the flood-stricken regions.

If the position of farmers, as employers, was not addressed the consequences for farm workers and their families would deteriorate accordingly.

"With much of their security lost in the floods, the ability of farmers to service their financial commitments will indeed be under severe pressure."

Marais urged Joemat-Pettersson to approach the flood situation in "an holistic manner" to ensure employers also benefited from disaster support from government.

  • Marnix - 2011-01-18 22:32

    Its a disgrace that the Goverment wont compensate the farmers...the farmers feed the nation!!!

  • Slob - 2011-01-18 22:47

    1 billion donation to Cuba, 69 million to appalling youth conference, 2 million to NYDA leader per year, millions paying legal fees corrupt politicians. Zero to farmers - DISGRACE!

  • gpwengineer - 2011-01-18 23:41

    This Joemat minister is an idiot... Insurance does not cover everything loss. They should assist farmers since 2011/2012 will see food prices hit the roof.

  • Pleb - 2011-01-19 05:56

    That is because it has all been stolen by now

  • Bryan - 2011-01-19 07:04

    Deloris from Business Outsurance will surely sort this out.

  • Clive - 2011-01-19 07:41

    Sorry people... the minister is "devastated" by the floods but this article shows proof that this all part of the ANC`S hidden agenda.

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