Funding boost for emerging Cape farmers
Author: Carl Collen
In the Cape region of South Africa, the deciduous fruit industry has joined the Western Cape government and the National Treasury to help boost the prospects of 24 black fruit growers. The partnership will see some R120m injected into production at the growers’ farms over the next four years.
The funds will be used to renew and expand orchards, purchase production equipment and improve farming infrastructure. This will be based on detailed farm planning models currently being conducted by external service providers, to guide and assist the farmers to full commercial status. The partnership between the private sector and government will assist the topfruit and stonefruit industries in materially impacting the footprint of smallholder farmers, said Mariëtte Kotzé, Hortgro information manager for agricultural economics.
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