Positive result from new farms
Farmers who received land assistance from the government were provided with mentorship, strategic partners NEWSSHORTS
FARMERS who received land from the government have incrementally yielded positive results over the years, the department of rural development and land reform said.
This is after a visit to various farms in the Kuruman area by agriculture, land reform and rural development MEC Norman Shushu.
Spokesperson Moeketsi Ntsane said Shushu visited Aoud Farm to monitor the progress of the initiative that received land assistance from the government.
The MEC was also pleased with farm mentors and strategic partners for supporting and providing the necessary skills to new farm owners and beneficiaries.
“The MEC was pleased with the progress he had witnessed on the state farms the delegation had visited. He said farmers could only prosper through a positive and healthy relationship between state farm beneficiaries, national and provincial departments of rural development, land reform and agriculture and extension officers,” Ntsane said.
He said Shushu engaged with one of the farmers who had received assistance, Pogisego David Segano.
“Segano is a beneficiary of Aoud farm after receiving land assistance through the state land redistribution programme. Segano had been farming on communal land for more than 30 years. After several failed attempts to receive land assistance from government, his application was successful in October 2013,” he said.
Ntsane said that during the last financial year, the farm was identified for the recapitalisation and development programme and received funding assistance to the tune of more than R5m.
“The grant for recapitalisation and development programme was used to purchase livestock, feeds and farm equipment such as kraals, fences, drinking troughs, tractor, trailer, grader and windmill. The project employs two permanent farm workers and provides work to seasonal workers at critical times of the year.
“The future plans of the project includes a piggery. However, the lack of understanding of the enterprise is hampering the roll out of the future plans,” he said.
Meanwhile the provincial African Farmers Association of South Africa representative Sehularo Sehula ro said most parts of the province were experiencing droughts such as Kuruman, De Aar and even Kimberley.
He urged the government to work with farmers in bringing about lasting solutions which would see both farmers and farm workers benefiting.
“We are all in the same crisis. Government should distribute as many drought relief programmes as possible as that would ensure jobs are saved. We are all concerned and national government should delegate the responsibility of drought intervention to the provinces because they have a better understanding of the pros and cons,” he said.
Meanwhile, Shushu said in order to make a meaningful contribution to the economic development and job creation in the province, his department had identified five mega projects which would be rolled out during the 2017-18 financial year.
He said the projects were a partnership with other sister departments such as economic development and tourism, environment and nature conservation as well as water and sanitation.
Shushu said the projects cover most parts of the province to ensure there is a job creation.
“The Namakwa irrigation development has the potential of creating 133 skilled and 1 772 semi-skilled jobs. There is also the Rooibos development and extraction as a key value addition project. This project is a model of how the government can significantly industrialise rural spaces,” he said.
DEVELOPMENT: Agriculture MEC Norman Shushu visited farms in Kuruman to monitor the progress of initiatives that received assistance from the government.