The country is struggling to produce enough fodder for its cattle herd, as farmers struggle to find new sources of fodder.
The problem is compounded by the fact that cattle in South African cattle herds have been dying off for decades due to habitat loss, poor water management, and over-fishing, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
The South African government has pledged $7 million to improve water management in the country, but the situation is not going to improve in a matter of months.
According to the World Food Program, the country’s livestock sector contributes $5 billion to the global economy, which is why it is critical to improve the situation for livestock in South Africans’ food supply.
The country is also currently grappling with the consequences of the drought, as it has not had a single rainfall since December.
In 2017, it experienced its driest year on record, and is forecast to be in another dry spell in 2018.
The government has also put the country on a two-year drought response plan.
The program is meant to help farmers adapt to drought conditions by providing them with emergency funding to rebuild and re-supply.
South Africa has had a drought for the last 20 years, with the country experiencing its worst drought in its history.
The country’s rainy season lasts between May and October, but in the past few months, it has become increasingly dry, according the World Bank.
As of July 1, the rainy season in South South Africa was already at a record low, with rainfall dropping by more than half to around 50 percent of average.
The drought is causing problems for the agricultural industry as well, as many farmers do not have enough fodder to make a profit.
Many of the farmers who rely on their land to feed their cattle say that they do not even have enough cash to buy fodder, according ABC News.
Some farmers are even resorting to smuggling in cow dung to buy up cattle fodder, to make ends meet.
The World Food program said that the amount of dung farmers are purchasing to feed cattle has been increasing, as more people have started buying cattle fodder.
South African farmers who are unable to purchase the required amount of fodder for their cattle are forced to sell their cows, or risk losing their land, according Reuters.
Some of the farms that are currently selling cattle fodder have also begun to raise prices to cover their losses.
A survey conducted by the World Resources Institute in 2018 found that a quarter of farmers surveyed had already made money selling their cows to raise their profit, and two thirds had lost more than 50 percent or more of their cattle in the last five years.
According a study by the South African National Farmers Federation, about a third of the livestock farmers surveyed said they had not been able to make enough profit for five years or more, and that over half of those surveyed had lost their cattle due to the drought.
Many farmers are also struggling to sell cattle fodder that they have been growing.
According the World Agriculture Organization, the number of cattle herds in South East Asia is at its lowest level in more than 10 years.
The number of herds in Africa is also declining.
South East Asia has seen a total decline in livestock herds since 2010, according Worldwatch, and has seen its livestock herds decline by half over the last decade.