‘State to blame for failure of emerging farmers’

2011-07-19 10:48

A study by the Land Bank has shown that emerging farmers are failing because of a lack of government intervention and flawed agricultural policies.

“Emerging farmers need a stable environment. The industry has had to adjust to the market, so the cost of financing farmers has increased,” Land Bank agricultural researcher Moraka Makhura said during the launch of the study in Midrand today.

The study looks into the results produced by emerging farmers who were supported by the Land Bank in the last decade.
It concludes that many farmers were working with land that was not viable for crop production.

“How can we expect farmers to succeed when they are placed on a unit that is not well irrigated? They won’t be able to learn in conditions like these,” Makhura said.

About 40% of farmers involved in the study were successful because of prior knowledge of farming and a steady form of income, he said.

The Land Bank is a specialist agricultural bank that provides financial services to commercial farmers, as well as emerging farmers from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.