Farmers are the foundation on which our country survives, on which our population eats. Yet farmers are under siege with the first two months of the year being declared the bloodiest yet experienced, with more than 30 farm attacks being committed in the month of February alone.
One of the main reasons why farmers are targets is that farms tend to be isolated where police services are far away, contain elderly people and often have weapons stored on site.
What is shockingly becoming associated with farm attacks is the increased level of brutality attached to these attacks. Whether this is politically motivated or not, the fact remains is that farmers have become an increased target with far increased levels of serious assault and murder.
In South Africa the general murder ratio for the population was 34 people per 100 000 in 2015/2016. For the police segment this figure increased to 51 policeman per 100 000 people. Shockingly the statistic for farmers is the highest yet – 97 farmers per 100 000 farmers.
Imperial Armour has elected to declare April to be the Focus on the farmer month. Louisa Garland, Managing Member of Imperial Armour, is committed to offering support and assistance to this critical sector of our community. “The safety of our farmers is critical to the success of our country. To feeding our population and to achieving the type of growth that we need as a nation.” says Garland.
Imperial Armour has designed and launched a specific jacket which is designed exclusively for the Farmer. The bullet proof jacket is quilted throughout and is warm and comfortable to wear, in addition to being water resistant. The company has not compromised on quality as the lives of our Farmers are integral to the Survival of our nation. This multi-purpose jacket provides our farmers with a high level of protection.
At Imperial Armour we acknowledge that the problem of farm attacks is not going to go away easily. That farmers remain a vulnerable segment of the population. As a company we can only add our voice to the call for more proactive policing and urge government to tackle this issue as a critical matter which needs to be addressed at the highest level.
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