1st September 2014.
The IFP calls on the KwaZulu-Natal MEC of
Agriculture and Rural Development, Cyril Xaba, to urgently
conduct an audit to determine how many farms are owned by
emerging farmers and are in dire need of support.
"Claims that most farms owned by emerging
farmers have become unproductive is a clear indication that the
situation calls for immediate, specialised support. Support for
emerging farmers would enable the government to improve the
participation of black South Africans in commercial agriculture. Appropriate support must be given to all
emerging farmers," said IFP Spokesperson on Agriculture, Mr Nhlanhla Msimango, MPL.
"To achieve success, emerging farmers require
a comprehensive agribusinesses support package, including access
to funding, provision of technical expertise and mentorship and
contracted markets. Without this necessary support they will not
succeed in farming,” continued Mr Msimango.
“The department must have partnerships with
several agricultural commodity organisations. This flagship
programme will provide a training environment where practical
skills on variety of subjects in agricultural development and
management are transferred to emerging farmers, under the
supervision of a master mentor provided by a commodity
organisation," Mr Msimango added.
"We call upon the MEC to present a support
strategy for emerging farmers. Time for talking about plans has passed. It is
now time for action in this regard. We want to see the impact of
these plans. Are they bearing fruit, creating jobs and enhancing
food security?" concluded Mr Msimango.
Mr Nhlanhla Msimango,MPL, IFP
Spokesperson on Agriculture, 074 259 0820
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