18 April 2019 - NW808
Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the MINISTER OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND LAND REFORM
What are the details of the logistical support and access to the market that the Government has provided to farmers who received land under section 25 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, in the past 25 years?
The provision of access to markets and logistical support to emerging farmers have been mainly the mandate of the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries.
However, the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform provided support for access to markets to farmers who received land under section 25 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa through the implementation of the Recapitalisation and Development Programme (RADP) since 2011. Through RADP, the Department supported those farmers in co-operation with strategic partnerships to assist them with agricultural infrastructure, inputs and access to markets. Funding provided to projects include on-farm infrastructure, such as road maintenance for ease of access and marketing costs. Moreover, the support was a collaborative effort between sector departments and commodity organisations.