Pos­i­tive re­sult from new farms

Farm­ers who re­ceived land as­sis­tance from the gov­ern­ment were pro­vided with men­tor­ship, strate­gic part­ners NEWSSHORTS

Afro Voice (Free State) - - NEWS - TIISETSO MANOKO ti­iset­som@the­newage.co.za

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.

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