The IFP calls on the KwaZulu-Natal MEC of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cyril Xaba, to urgently conduct an audit to determine how many farms are owned by emerging farmers and are in dire need of support.

“Claims that most farms owned by emerging farmers have become unproductive is a clear indication that the situation calls for immediate, specialised support. Support for emerging farmers would
enable the government to improve the participation of black South Africans in commercial agriculture. Appropriate support must be given to all emerging farmers,” said IFP Spokesperson on Agriculture, Mr Nhlanhla Msimango, MPL.

“To achieve success, emerging farmers require a comprehensive agribusinesses support package, including access to funding, provision of technical expertise and mentorship and contracted markets. Without this necessary support they will not succeed in farming,” continued Mr Msimango.

“The department must have partnerships with several agricultural commodity organisations. This flagship programme will provide a training environment where practical skills on variety of subjects in agricultural development and management are transferred to emerging farmers, under the supervision of a master mentor provided by a commodity organisation,” Mr Msimango added.

“We call upon the MEC to present a support strategy for emerging farmers. Time for talking about plans has passed. It is now time for action in this regard. We want to see the impact of these plans, are they bearing fruit, creating jobs and enhancing food security?” concluded Mr Msimango.