12 December 2019 - NW1705
Sarupen, Mr AN to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development
Whether her department has programmes to help small farmers like Mr Mphishi Daniel Gumede from Mboza in KwaMhlabuyalingana Local Municipality, who suffer losses as a result of natural disaster (details furnished); if not, why not; if so, what steps must affected farmers and/or victims follow to access such programmes from her department? NW3101E
Answer tabled in Parliament on:
The department is supporting farmers through various support services such as awareness; public education and training through seminars, and farmer information sessions in the provinces. Early warning information is continuously being disseminated to farmers using various media platforms. Farmers are encouraged to use drought resistant cultivars and employ good farming practices to counter the effects of drought. All farmers have access to local offices, provincial offices and COGTA for assistance when they are affected by disasters.