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Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Pas­cali­nah Kabi

MOKHOT­LONG farm­ers are count­ing the costs of early frost which hit their dis­trict on Fri­day last week, de­stroy­ing any hopes they had of sal­vaging their sum­mer crop.

Liphamola Hor­ti­cul­ture Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion co­or­di­na­tor, Thabo Moleko, yes­ter­day told the Le­sotho Times that the farm­ers had been dev­as­tated by the lat­est calamity to hit the dis­trict af­ter one of the coun­try’s worst droughts in four decades had left them with barely enough to feed their fam­i­lies.

Mr Moleko said the un­ex­pected early frost dam­aged crops which the farm­ers had hoped to har­vest be­gin­ning next month, leav­ing more house­holds in des­per­ate need of food.

“Un­like other dis­tricts, we only have one agri­cul­tural sea­son due to the se­vere cold we ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing win­ter, which makes farm­ing im­pos­si­ble.

This frost, cou­pled with the se­vere drought the coun­try ex­pe­ri­enced, has made life re­ally un­bear­able for us,” Mr Moleko said.

“The frost hit the dis­trict on Fri­day last week and de­stroyed the lit­tle we were hop­ing to har­vest.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Moleko, fail­ure to har­vest spells trou­ble for the dis­trict as food prices would sky­rocket.

“For ex­am­ple, in De­cem­ber last year, I bought a cab­bage in Butha-buthe for M25, and with no har­vested veg­eta­bles this sea­son, it means prices are go­ing to sky­rocket and most fam­i­lies who de­pend on farm­ing would strug­gle.”

He said 90 per­cent of Liphamola Hor­ti­cul­ture Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers de­pend en­tirely on farm­ing, hence fail­ure to re­alise a mean­ing­ful har­vest was a dis­as­ter.

“We have six cen­tres, namely Male­filoane, Thabang, Pha­hameng, Maphola­neng, Lehlohla and Libib­ing, and a few of our mem­bers have live­stock which they might sell to sur­vive.

How­ever, the ma­jor­ity of the farm­ers are go­ing to strug­gle to sur­vive un­til the end of next sum­mer’s crop­ping sea­son.”

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