Aspiring black farmers hindered by lack of capital and productive land

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If truth be told, Government has gone all-out to ensure that famers drawn from previously disadvantaged communities are involved in commercial agricultural activities through programmes like land redistribution and funding. However, it seems this endeavour might not just suffice to enable some black subsistence farmers realise their dreams of going commercial.

Three farmers that Transform SA Online interviewed in Welkom revealed that they had been struggling to graduate from their subsistence operations due to lack of capital and productive land.

35 year old Thabo Masilo best captured their common plight: “I used to have illusions about being a successful farmer, but I have discovered that it is neither nor it cheap to get into farming and sustain the business. I can tell you that it is not even easy to earn a living.

“I have 20 cows and have big plans, but my main obstacle is that I need land to realise my goals. But even if I acquire land, I will need money to service it. I need funding as soon as possible.”

When Transform SA Online approached Diale Mokgojwa, head of enterprise development at Standard Bank for comment, it learned that aspiring farmers can explore the option of leasing land from individuals and government. “Information on this is available at the Department of Rural Development and Land Affairs.”

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