Severe hail storm devastates growers in Botswana, Africa
A hail storm which swept through Lentsweletau, Botswana, last week Tuesday, has left many farmers with destroyed produce, totalling to over a million pula in value. Many are funded by CEDA and are concerned that they will not be able to pay back their loans.
It has been reported that the hail storm hit around 9pm Tuesday evening, and lasted for about 30 minutes.
The crops primarily affected by the storm were reported to be cabbage, butternut squash, and tomatoes.
A farmer, also affected by a frost that damaged last season’s crops, said that the biggest challenge is paying her loan with CEDA, as there are claims that her financier did not help the last time there was weather damage.
CEDA project Manager Mr Gaolebale Regoeng has said that they will assess the situation and the extent of the damage.
Recommendations will be based on the farmer’s request, which is then forwarded to senior management for approval and assistance will be assessed.
Courtesy of freshplaza.com