Illegal Sand Mining Threatens Sugar Farmers
Farmer's Weekly|April 2, 2021
The sugar cane farms of 175 small-scale growers are hanging in the balance as illegal sand mining in the Middle-Komati River reaches catastrophic levels.
Lindi Botha

As increasingly more sand is removed, water levels are dropping to the point where irrigation pumps can no longer function. Since this region of Mpumalanga receives an average of only 600mm of rain per year, the sugar cane crop is dependent on additional irrigation water to survive.

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