Support for fruit, vegetables, poultry, and livestock will range from R1,000 to R9,000.
Applications, done via mobile phone, will open on 10 December and close on 22 December.
South Africa’s small-scale farmers and community gardeners.
who play a vital role in ensuring local food security, can now receive financial assistance from government.
A new financial aid scheme unveiled
The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development looks to distribute R1 billion among 150,000 subsistence farmers.
Minister Thoko Didiza announced that applications for this part of the Presidential Employment Stimulus will open on 10 December, It will only be for women, youth, and farm dwellers will be favored by this initiative.
It will depending on the applicant’s need, of up to R9,000.
“The subsistence producers package aims at sustaining and increasing employment within the agriculture sector,” .
We want to make sure that through the support of farming inputs.
which has adversely impacted small-scale farmers and threatened food security in vulnerable communities.
“These are producers who utilise land in the backyards of their homes gardens in communal areas which are more or less the size of a soccer field,”.
“It is these producers who create a bulwark against the fight for food insecurity at household level,do not receive any other income.”
The minister admitted that these small-scale subsistence farmers had been overlooked by government and defined as “unbankable” by the financial sector at large.
Subsistence farmers, community gardeners and backyard planters have been urged to apply.
The automated USSD code offered to all mobile phone users.
This is the same, free menu-based message system used by many to load airtime and check balances.
“The forms will be available in all 11 official languages.”
As part of its initial rollout, the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development will process mobile applications on a first come first served basis.
The USSD code used to apply for this programme is *134*4536#.
Not be employed by government
Not have received support from the department in 2020
Be actively involved in agricultural production
the commodity applied for and the size of the current operation which would have been verified.
“The amount of support will range between R1,000 and R9,000… we are targeting the smallest within the agricultural sector.”
The Department official Clinton Heyman detailed the scope of support according to commodities.
Fruit and vegetables (farmed under one hectare of land).
Poultry ,The Small stock and Large stock .
The application window will close on Tuesday 22 December and successful applicants will be notified within the first two weeks of January 2021.