AGRICULTURE NEWS - Wool growers in Lesotho, who had not received an income since March 2018, are now selling their stock to slaughter markets in a desperate attempt to survive.
This was according to Khotsang Moshoeshoe, a wool producer and head of a task team at the Lesotho National Wool and Mohair Growers’ Association that was dealing with the crisis affecting farmers.
While these growers were prohibited by law from exporting their wool to South Africa, the live animals could seemingly still be transported across the border.
He said the sheep and goats were being purchased by speculators and exported to South Africa for slaughter.
Moshoeshoe said more than 50 000 wool and mohair growers in Lesotho had been affected by legislation introduced by the government in 2018.
“No more than 35% of the total number of wool growers in the country have received payment for their product this season,” he said.