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Govt announces assistance for subsistence farmers

Minister of Agriculture Thoko Didiza. Picture: Department of Agriculture/Twitter

National Minister of Agriculture, land reform and rural development, Thoko Didiza, announced on Monday that a stimulus of R1bn had been allocated to assist subsistence food producers hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Only those who farm on less than 1ha of land will be taken into account.

The department’s Twitter feed, which was following the minister’s live statement, said: “Minister Didiza says R1bn was allocated to support 75 000 small-scale farmers whose production was disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

ENCA report here

The department noted that applicants should be 18 years old or older, have a South African ID, must not be employed by the government, must be actively involved in agricultural production and not have received support in the current financial year from the department.

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The financial assistance will range from R1 000 to R9 000 and applications are open from December 10-22, 2020.

Picture: Henry Perks on Unsplash

The minister said subsistence producers and small-scale farmers played a crucial part in ensuring food security but were often excluded from traditional avenues of funding, and thus required assistance.

If you’re interested and feel you may qualify for funding, the relevant documents and how to apply are posted below.

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