Govt pumped billions into distressed farms – minister

2012-08-13 14:33

Government has had to pump almost R3.6 billion into almost 600 farms in distress from April 1 2010 to December 31 last year, Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti has said.

Replying in writing to a parliamentary question from an opposition MP, Nkwinti said R1.3 billion was spent on helping 411 distressed farmers by April last year. By December, this amount had more than doubled.

“For the period 1 April 2011 to 31 December 2011, a total of 595 projects were assisted, including the farms that were assisted during the 2010-2011 financial year,” Nkwinti said.

“In total, financial assistance to the amount of R3 585 223 614.79 was provided.”

This included financial and technical assistance in the form of contracted strategic partners, mentors, and in some cases service providers to render services, such as water reticulation.

Nkwinti has acknowledged that the state will not achieve its aim of transferring 30% of white-owned agricultural land to emerging black farmers by 2014.


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