11 October 2017 - NW2791
Paulsen, Mr N M to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and FisheriesQUESTION
With reference to his reply to question 1605 on 20 July 2017, of the 37% of his department’s 2017-18 budget which will be used to support smallholder farmers, what percentage of the 37% will be used to support black smallholder farms?
Black smallholder farmers refer to African, Coloured and Indian smallholder farmers who are natural persons and:
- “Are citizens of the Republic of South Africa by birth or descent; or
- Are citizens of the Republic of South Africa by naturalisation before the commencement date of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act of 1993; or
- Became citizens of the Republic of South Africa after the commencement date of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act of 1993, but who, had it not been for the Apartheid policy, would have qualified for naturalisation before then.
The definition of “Black people” now includes South African Chinese people as per the Pretoria High Court ruling on the 18th June 2008.”
Therefore, the whole 37% was allocated for black smallholder farmers.