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A drive along the banks of the Orange river is like driving through an oasis surrounded by a bleak harsh landscape. I took this shot as the sun dipped below the hills north of Prieska.
Prieska , in the Northern Cape, is isolated, hot, dry and dusty. Originally developed from a place to which farmers, after rains, migrated when the pans were full and as a fording place across the Orange river it has developed into a town of about 12,000.
The town relies heavily on agriculture most of which is supported by irrigation water pumped directly from the Orange River. Approximately 6 850 ha of irrigation take place between the Orange/Vaal confluence and Boegoeberg Dam, most of which is used for field crops such as maize and wheat. The area has recently been identified as one of the most suitable areas in the world for certain high value crops such as pistachios, olives, figs and pecans.

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