Agriculture

Gauteng emerging farmers invited to apply for funding

Gauteng emerging farmers in the priority areas of poultry, piggery, grains, vegetables, red meat, cannabis, aquaculture, rabbit, bee farming and agro-processing are invited to apply for funding as part of the Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment’s efforts to grow the agricultural sector, create jobs and alleviate poverty in the province.

The Gauteng MEC for Social Development, Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, said the Comprehensive Agricultural Support programme (CASP) which closes this week Friday (March 08), is informed by the Department’s elevated priority focus to maintain sustainable food security in the province.

“We are making a call to the historically disadvantaged and the vulnerable groups: our women, youth and people living with disabilities to apply for the farmer support grant and become part of our relentless fight against food insecurity.” Gauteng MEC for Social Development, Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Mbali Hlophe said.

According to Hlophe, the farmer support programme is aimed at providing Small Medium and Micro Enterprise farmers with much needed boost towards their farming establishments.

She said the relief programme is building on its previous successes which has seen an average of 250 beneficiaries per annum empowered into the mainstream economy since its establishment in 2004.

The annual subsidy is available to groups and individuals as a once-off intervention so that the Department can cover a wider spectrum of beneficiaries for reasonable impact.

To remain transparent, the process takes place under the microscope of an independent evaluation and adjudication panel.

The panel consists of professionals from fields including economists, animal scientists, crop scientists, engineers and food scientists.

Potential beneficiaries need to meet the following conditional requirements to apply:

               •             Application form signed and dated

               •             Registered business on the farmers register

               •             South African Certified ID (not more than three months)

               •             Valid confirmation of land tenure/ownership such as tittle deeds, permission to occupy land and/or minimum five years lease agreement.

               •             Already farming

               •             Farming operation’s ability to create permanent or seasonal jobs

               •             In cases where the Environment Impact Assessment certificate is required, such evidence must be provided.

Once all these have been met, applications may be emailed to:GDARDFARMERSUPPORT@gauteng.gov.za.

Prospective applicants can obtain forms from the following satellite offices:

Gauteng Department of Agriculture And Rural Development Regional Offices & Nature Reserves

Regional Details:

Germiston Regional Office:

247 President Street,       Ms Dorcas Motloung       083 312 4693

Vereeniging Regional Office:

36 Merriman Street, Ms Makgukgudi Monrontse 010 345 1230, 066 489 1696

Temba Animal Clinic:

Stand 16 Stellenbosch, Jubilee Road,         Mr Melvin Francis             072 781 7006

Bronkhorstsprut:

55 Market Street              Ms Jeanette Ramathoka 072 768 5585

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