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Grocott's Mail - - WATER FOR LIFE -

The South African govern­ment be­lieves that the key to food se­cu­rity lies in in­vest­ing in small­holder agri­cul­ture and have com­mit­ted to pump­ing R5.5 bil­lion of the na­tional bud­get to sup­port 435 000 sub­sis­tence and small­holder farm­ers over the next three years.

The govern­ment has also com­mit­ted it­self to ex­pand the 200 000 small­holder pro­duc­ers who sell their pro­duce to 500 000 small­hold­ers by 2020.

In fact, ac­cord­ing to South Africa’s de­vel­op­ment blue­print, the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plan, agri­cul­ture is a sig­nif­i­cant sec­tor in the South African econ­omy and has the po­ten­tial to cre­ate close to one mil­lion new jobs by 2030. Small­holder farm­ers are ex­pected to play a sig­nif­i­cant role in this, both in terms of poverty al­le­vi­a­tion and ru­ral de­vel­op­ment for South Africa’s ru­ral economies and more­over con­trib­ute to the sus­tain­abil­ity of food sup­ply. The key to this is to get small­holder farm­ers to be­come com­mer­cially vi­able by cre­at­ing re­turn on in­vest­ment which can be in­vested to grow their farm­ing prac­tices.

It is also im­por­tant to note that agri­cul­ture con­trib­uted 33.6% to the GDP growth of 2.5% in the sec­ond quar­ter, help­ing the econ­omy to emerge from a tech­ni­cal re­ces­sion, fol­low­ing GDP con­trac­tions over two con­sec­u­tive quar­ters ear­lier this year. •Ex­cerpt­from:Trans­form­ingth­ea­gri­cul­tur­al­sec­tor­byun­lock­ingth­e­p­o­ten­tialof small­hold­er­farm­ers­byDrKlausEck­stein, CEOand­coun­try­di­vi­sion­al­head­oftheCrop ScienceDivi­sion­forBay­erSouth­ernAfrica. Full­tex­there:­holder

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