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No fruit for our labour if it doesn’t rain soon: desperate E Cape farmers

Citrus farmers pray for grinding drought to end as their livelihoods hang in the balance

Senior reporter

Gamtoos Valley citrus farmer Khaya Katoo might have to turn his back on 17 years of hard work if the Kouga Dam runs dry.

“If we don’t get rain, we might kiss the farm goodbye,” said Katoo.

He is one of dozens of farmers in the valley just 60km west of Gqeberha who rely on water supplied by the Gamtoos Irrigation Board to irrigate citrus orchards and vegetable fields...

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