Minister Gugile Nkwinti approves funding for emerging farmers
The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) approved R235-million for emerging farmers to acquire land to ease congestion in communal and state land across five provinces and boost food security. DRDLR further spent R69-million for farm recapitalisation. Approximately 145 permanent jobs are expected to be created from the 13 projects, with an additional 1,114 temporal jobs.
A total of 41,252 hectares were acquired in five provinces across the country under the Proactive Land Acquisition Strategy (PLAS). PLAS seeks to acquire strategically located land for redistribution to emerging farmers; the acquisition approved will contribute towards achieving the development goals espoused in the National Development Plan. The department acquires farms through the PLAS, which seeks to acquire strategically located land and redistribute this to emerging farmers; the acquisitions approved will contribute towards achieving the development goals as espoused in the National Development Plan.
According to the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti, this will go a long way towards fast tracking service delivery in rural areas. “We are committed to sustainable agrarian reform with a thriving farming sector”, the minister said.
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