Gov helps new farmers set up

2015-07-14 06:00

The department of rural development and land reform has approved multimillion rand funding for farmers to buy land and kickstart social and infrastructure upgrades.

The department has approved 31 projects, valued at about R146m for farm recapitalisation.

Land has already been bought across the country under the proactive land acquisition strategy to benefit 5108 applicants.

It is estimated that 2193 permanent jobs would be created out of the funding, says rural development and land reform minister Gugile Nkwinti.

“This will go a long way towards fast-tracking service delivery in rural areas. We are committed to sustainable agrarian reform,” he says.

The applications indicated that most emerging farmers want to pursue livestock farming, crops, vegetables, game and poultry. Funding applications were also used to purchase machinery, trucks, bulls, pregnant heifers and pack houses.

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