In response to severe drought across vast tracts of South Africa and the associated hardships experienced by farmers, Engen has pledged R700 000 to Agri SA’s drought-aid fund to help support the agricultural sector.
In a media statement released by Agri SA, it is confirmed that over a six-month period, Engen contributed one rand to the fund for every litre of participating Engen lubricants sold nationwide between April and September 2020. Agri SA’s drought fund is aimed at ensuring that farms remain in production despite the drought, and that jobs and food security are protected. The money was handed over last week.
Khalid Latiff, Engen’s general manager: lubricants, says they are proud to have played a part in an initiative that helps alleviate the adversity of thousands of farmers and farm workers given the company’s close ties with the agricultural sector.
“As a leading supplier of high-quality fuels and lubricants to the agricultural sector in South Africa we have witnessed first-hand the impact that the ongoing drought has had on farming communities. We sincerely hope that our partnership with Agri SA will help the sustainability of this crucial sector,” says Latiff.
Andrea Campher, disaster risk manager of Agri SA, thanked Engen for their support as drought is still prevalent in many provinces.
“The contribution of Engen will go a long way to assist farmers, farm workers and farming communities who are still suffering from this long-lasting drought. We will work closely with our provincial affiliates to ensure the aid reaches those who need it the most,” says Campher.
Engen’s Latiff also thanked their customers for playing a significant role. “A big word of thanks is extended to our valued customers who purchased Dieselube 700 Super, Agritrac Super Universal and Agrifluid Transmission lubricants from participating co-ops as they helped contribute to the drought-aid fund.”