Focus more on rural areas

CLIMATE change has lately been at the top of every political party's agenda, locally and internationally, but I think not enough attention is bveing given to our communities in rural areas.

CLIMATE change has lately been at the top of every political party's agenda, locally and internationally, but I think not enough attention is bveing given to our communities in rural areas.

Climate change affects both rural and urban communities so drastic measures are needed in both these areas.

The exclusion of rural areas, whether in agriculture or in others is of great concern to many people living there.

We should not focus on certain parts of the country only - to the exclusion of other parts - as if pollution and climate change affect only certain areas.

If not addressed quickly farmers will soon be affected as not enough attention is given to resuscitate the knowledge of communities in rural areas.

Crops and livestock from emerging farmers, especially black farmers, will experience grave difficulties if the private sector and government do not focus more on rural communities.

The paradigm that is used to approach climate change in Africa must change its course. The involvement of WeatherSA, agriculture and rural development and land reform is very important in this regard.

Before land is identified for crops or livestock farming or for housing purposes, climate conditions should be studied and verified.

The rainfall that we experienced in the country recently proves that weather patterns are changing drastically and are affecting many lives.

Let us focus more on our rural communities.

MK Marumo, GaRankuwa

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