The reader will appreciate that ever since the economic and political changes of the 1990s in South Africa, there have been two movements running counter to each (have you ever tried to enter a building that many people were leaving?) On the one hand, thousands of commercial farmers began exiting because the going was tough and they felt that it would be easier to make a living elsewhere. On the other hand, government has wanted to establish thousands of new black farmers.

Small-scale farming is useful and should be supported. Entry levels are lower, machinery and technology is not as sophisticated, and it creates food security for the families who are farming and it allows for economic activity. As pointed out in an article listed under the “Websites & publications” heading, agriculture does not have to be the sole source of revenue for the small-scale farming household. “Smallholder livelihoods all over the world do not just consist of farming … So when considering the potential for smallholder farming development, we shouldn’t think about farming viability, but household viability and increasing food sources for very poor rural households.”

The major challenge for agriculture, and with it the hopes of the country, is the emerging Black commercial farmer. Support here will enable such a farmer to become an active participant in the commercial farming sector. We need our emerging farmers to succeed, not only because of transformation targets, or for righting the dispossession of the past, or for stability and jobs in the rural areas. We need our emerging farmers to succeed because this is the sector from which our food comes. It is possible to be a farmer in the post-deregulation business environment. The 37 000 or so commercial farmers who adapted and who are now among the best in the world prove this to us.

A cause for concern is that these commercial farmers (and farm workers) are getting older, the average age being just over 60 years-old. This is of great concern to the country’s future.  It’s not enough to speak about how the youth should be encouraged to pursue occupations in agriculture if we are not marking out paths for them (Sihlobo, 2017). It is a national issue that farmers are supported, and with them the ones who for no fault of their own are relatively new on the land, or those who are contemplating a career in agriculture.

International business environment

  • There are some 500-million smallholder farmers worldwide and more than two-billion people depend on them for their livelihoods (IFAD, nd). Small farms produce about 80% of the food consumed in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Find “Viewpoint: Smallholders can feed the world” at www.ifad.org,  website of the International Fund For Agricultural Development (IFAD).
  • The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the UN has supporting smallholder farmers in Africa as a priority. See www.fao.org/family-farming/detail/en/c/1109849/.
  • Oxfam International has several papers dealing with small-scale agriculture. These include “Accountability deficit?” and “A living income for small-scale farmers”. Find these at www.oxfam.org/en/tags/small-scale-agriculture.
  • African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services www.afaas-africa.org
  • Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) www.cta.int
  • www.technoserve.orgTechnoserve offers “Business Solutions to Rural Poverty”. An international organisation which has many small-scale farmer initiatives
  • The AgriCultures network covers small-scale farming issues throughout Africa and the world. Visit www.agriculturesnetwork.org.
  • It can be revealing to find out what is happening in the rest of Africa. Take a look at www.naads.or.ug, Uganda’s National Agricultural Advisory Services. See also the websites of international groupings mentioned in the “Research and development” chapter.
  • Access different resources at www.prolinnova.net (PROmoting Local INNOVAtion) .
  • “Connecting African farmers to local and international markets” – read about the Pan African Food Exchange at http://pafexe.com

African business environment

Agriculture is at the heart of addressing poverty in Africa. Much more than in any other region, agriculture is a major driver of African economies, typically representing 30-40% of GDP and 65-70% of labour force.

It’s true that Africa’s agricultural transformation will be a complex, multi-sectoral agenda that requires different enabling factors, from sufficient financing and the right policies to the implementation of climate-smart agriculture. But it’s also true that success depends on one crucial factor: the engagement of smallholder farmers. Africa’s agricultural transformation will need smallholders to succeed.

Smallholder farmers continue to dominate African agriculture although some countries–for example, Ghana, Tanzania and Zambia–are experiencing a rise of medium-scale farms of between five and 100 hectares as part of the region’s broader economic transformation. Smallholder farmers still control the largest areas for production. They employ 70% of the work force, farm most of the land, and are home to most of the poor – so the most obvious way to make agricultural growth pro-poor is to engage with huge numbers of small farms.

However, smallholder farmers face major challenges today. They are at a major disadvantage in linking to modern value chains because of their low volumes of sales, poor market information and contacts, and limited ability to meet the high standard requirements of many high value markets. Because of their small size and reach, they are perceived to be high cost and high risk farmers by private agrodealers and financial institutions.

So how can people working in the agriculture sector support smallholder farmers?

  1. First, there is need to provide supportive incentives and policy reforms for farmers and agribusinesses. For example, modern inputs and credit remain out of reach for many smallholders. Farmers could benefit from a package of inputs and credit. The issue of land tenure policy reform is critical. Between 10-45% of businesses describe access to land as major constraint. There is need to build institutions that help farmers–including youth and women– access land and engage in profitable commercial agriculture.
  2. Work also needs to be done on scaling up investments in infrastructure and technology, particular technology that helps farmers produce more food. (i) Neglecting to invest in agricultural research and the creation of many small, underfunded research institutions has caused setbacks that will need to be addressed. (ii) Africa also needs investments to develop agricultural education at all levels. (iii) Finally, Africa’s aging infrastructure cannot launch or sustain internationally competitive commercial agriculture without investment, especially in irrigation, roads, energy, and logistics, especially port infrastructure.
  3. We also need to strengthen institutions to make markets work better for smallholder farmers. Some of these institutions would provide critical services such as access to finance, market intelligence, marketing and business development services—all things that the private sector currently has few incentives to provide. We need to focus on improving coordination and leveraging partnerships among the different key players including but not limited to multilateral and bilateral development finance partners, the private sector, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research and African national and regional institutions.

The challenges facing agriculture are great but we have reasons to be optimistic. Agriculture’s value added increased by 5.1% between 2000 and 2013. There’s no limit to what agriculture can achieve—in terms of feeding Africa, creating jobs, and helping to end poverty and boost prosperity. We have to work hard to make sure that smallholder farmers will be part of the work to meet Africa’s growing food and beverage markets –which are expected to top $1 trillion in value by 2030.

Source: Ehiu, S. 2017, October 13. "How can we help smallholder farmers seize opportunities in Africa?" (adapted). Find full citation under heading 12

The importance of skills

There are many types of skills. The technical know-how is vital, as is knowing how a business works (the farming enterprise that is not profitable will not be in business for long!)

The different livestock and crop chapters all provide overviews, mention role players and where information can be found. The best way to learn is to do something yourself or to learn it first-hand from another. Practical training is the most sure way to acquire knowledge. We trust you’ve either had practical training or have a mentor or good neighbours.

Find Nico Groenewald’s (Standard Bank) “Advice for new entrants to farming” on YouTube.

The importance of markets

Refer to the “Marketing” chapter.

Markets continue to be seen as the means for ensuring that smallholder producers of agricultural products are effectively integrated into the mainstream of national economies, especially in developing countries. For one thing, markets provide the opportunity for farm production to contribute to poverty reduction through the cash income realised from sales of farm produce. In turn, markets drive production as farmers strive to meet the demands of consumers and end-users in terms of quantity and quality. But their existence, or how effectively they function, cannot be guaranteed in many developing countries.

In South Africa, there is an urgency to address the real concern that, in spite of considerable investments into restructuring the sector since 1994 and directly tackle agrarian and land reform, poverty is still rife and there is the clear indication that much of this arises from farmers not being able to sell produce at a profit. Unlocking markets for this group of farmers is therefore considered a crucial developmental necessity.

Source: Ajuruchukwu Obi, Herman D van Schalkwyk and Aad van Tilburg’s opening chapter in Unlocking markets to smallholders: Lessons from South Africa Wageningen Academic Publishers 2012. Available at www.wageningenacademic.com/doi/book/10.3920/978-90-8686-168-2 Find the Agricultural Marketing Extension training papers on www.daff.gov.za (take the “Resource Centre” and “General publications” options). Also find documents like “Linking producers to markets programme” on the Directorate Marketing’s pages on this website.

The importance of security of tenure

Before you put your money into the ground you will want to know that someone won’t take the ground away from you, be it a traditional leader, municipality or neighbour. Owning the land also means you can borrow money against it by using it as collateral.

The importance of access to finance

  • Before you get something out of the farm you have to put money into it. You can’t farm commercially without borrowing. The average commercial farmer in SA borrows about R5m a year (Blom, 2017).
  • If you do not own the ground on which you are farming, you will not be able to offer it as security for loans from financial institutions. You will need another way to raise finance to buy implements or finance crop inputs.
  • How will you plan for the unpredictable nature of the weather? Crop insurance has become a vital consideration to farmers.

Refer to the “Finance for new farmers and SMMEs” chapter.

Commercial farmer points of interest

The National Development Plan speaks of a more rapid transfer of land to black beneficiaries “without distorting land markets or business confidence in the agribusiness sector”. It also says to “Offer white commercial farmers and industry bodies the opportunity to significantly contribute to the success of black farmers through mentorships, chain integration, preferential procurement and meaningful skills transfer”.

Profit margins have decreased in agriculture, and farmers have survived by diversifying their operations (to spread the risk) and value adding. They have also increased the size of their operations to reach economies of scale. Does this changing face of agriculture mean that there is an implicit barrier to many potential new entrants?

The perspective of commercial agriculture is to link the success of Farmer Support Programmes to agriculture as a whole. It is no use trying to create a new generation of farmers if there is an unfavourable policy climate which makes it difficult for even the experienced ones to succeed.

Training is a vital part of the development programme and is definitely the foundation for success, but it is not enough. In addition to information a person needs experience to operate effectively – something you cannot get from a textbook. And experience brings confidence. A mentor can play a crucial role here, not just as a provider of knowledge but also by being a guide during this time.

Mechanised, commercial agriculture is a bonus to any country because it creates food security whilst leaving the non-agricultural players the freedom to pursue other work. The food could be imported, but it would become very expensive, and that country would become vulnerable to agendas other than its own.

Source: adapted from notes by Ajay Vashee, when vice-president of the International Federation of Agriculture Producers; and an OVK presentation by Deon van der Ross.

Read the case for commercial farmers supporting emerging farmers in the following article: Serfontein, N. 2018, July 26. “Dear Mr President, send us, commercial farmers”. Available at www.news24.com/Columnists/GuestColumn/dear-mr-president-send-us-commercial-farmers-20180726

In view of AgriBEE and the requirements that are set for the establishment of new farmers, white South African commercial farmers can make excellent contributions with regard to:

 

  • mentorship to new beginner farmers to develop technical and business skills;
  • the supply of mechanisation services for new beginner farmers on contract for compensation OR in exchange for the use of a portion of their land;
  • renting of land from new beginner farmers in order to promote their cash flow;
  • donating surplus implements that can be used in a mechanisation pool for rental.

 

Source: a previous article on www.senwes.co.za, adapted

Commercial farmers who would like to be mentors and who aren’t working through local associations can find the article “Become a Mentor in Agri“ at www.farmingportal.co.za or send an email to cra [at] cramedia.co.za. The story by Adri Senekal de Wet (see “Websites & publications” heading) about Agri Dwala about a mentor is an inspiration.

National strategy and government contact

 

 

National Development Plan (NDP)

The National Development Plan (NDP) aims, among other things, to create a million jobs in agriculture, agroprocessing and related sectors by 2030. Actions listed include:

  1. Activating rural economies through service to small and micro farmers.
  2. Substantially increase investment in irrigation infrastructure in Makhathini Flats and Umzimvubu River Basin.
  3. Create tenure security for communal farmers, especially women.
  4. Investigate different forms of financing and vesting of private property rights to land reform beneficiaries that does not hamper beneficiaries with a high debt burden.

The NDP recommends that there should be a more rapid transfer of land to black beneficiaries “without distorting land markets or business confidence in the agribusiness sector.” And to “Offer white commercial farmers and industry bodies the opportunity to significantly contribute to the success of black farmers through mentorships, chain integration, preferential procurement and meaningful skills transfer”.

 

 

Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme (CASP)

CASP is a programme aimed at expanding the provision of agricultural support services and to promote and facilitate agricultural development by targeting subsistence, smallholding and black commercial farmers from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.

Products and services

  • On-and-off farm infrastructure and production inputs
  • Targeted training, skills development and capacity building
  • Marketing and business development
  • Information and knowledge management
  • Technical, advisory and regulatory services
  • Financial services

Who may apply?

  • Smallholder farmers
  • Land and agrarian reform beneficiaries
  • Farm workers
  • Self help groups (SHGs) / co-operatives
  • Small agribusinesses
  • Farmers on communal land in transition stage from subsistence to smallholder
  • Women and youth

How to apply

Contact the provincial Department of Agriculture for support. Find the “Agriculture in the provinces” chapter.

Eligibility criteria

  • Must be a South African citizen
  • Must be from a historically disadvantaged group
  • Applicants must be black South Africans who are 18 years and above (Indian, coloured and Chinese included)
  • Proof of tenure
  • Access to services (water, electricity etc)
  • Status of farm governance systems (the application form should indicate whether the owners are in conflict or not)
  • Managerial and technical skills (applicants should indicate their educational levels, qualifications, experience in running the enterprises, and skills levels of different labour categories.

Required documents

  • ID
  • Proof of address
  • Proof of legal access to land
  • Extension officer reports
  • Proof of access to water rights where applicable

 

 

Letsema/Ilema

Letsema/Ilema is a programme aimed at reducing poverty through increased food production initiatives.

Products and services

  • Revitalisation of irrigation schemes
  • Household gardens and household supported by inputs
  • School, community and public gardens
  • Livestock purchasing and hectares planting inputs
  • Mechanisation

Who may apply?

  • Smallholder farmers
  • Land and agrarian reform beneficiaries
  • Farm workers
  • Self help groups (SHGs) / co-operatives
  • Small agribusinesses
  • Farmers on communal land in transition stage from subsistence to smallholder
  • Women and youth

How to apply

Contact the CASP or Letsema/Ilema co-ordinator in your province for further details. Find the “Agriculture in the provinces” chapter.

Eligibility criteria

  • Must be a South African citizen
  • Must be from a historically disadvantaged group
  • Applicants must be black South Africans who are 18 years and above (Indian, coloured and Chinese included)
  • Proof of tenure
  • Access to services (water, electricity etc)
  • Status of farm governance systems (the application form should indicate whether the owners are in conflict or not)
  • Managerial and technical skills (applicants should indicate their educational levels, qualifications, experience in running the enterprises, and skills levels of different labour categories.

Required documents

  • ID
  • Proof of address
  • Proof of legal access to land
  • Extension officer reports
  • Proof of access to water rights where applicable

 

 

Fetsa Tlala

Fetsa Tlala (eradicate hunger) is a government initiative that seeks to push back hunger inadvertently working towards the elimination of the triple challenges of poverty, inequality and hunger. It contributes to the broader national Integrated Food Security and Nutrition Policy (IFSNP).

Find the meeting summary of eight Provincial Departments of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries when they briefed the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on progress for the planting season of 2018/19 financial year and Fetsa-Tlala targets set for the 2017/18 period. Go to https://pmg.org.za/committee-meeting/25941/.

 

 

Other programmes

These include:

  • Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Strategy (ISRDS)
  • Integrated Food Security Nutrition Programme (IFSNP)
  • Marketing and Entrepreneurship Development
  • Masibuyele Emasimini
  • Smallholder Development Support Programme

Find more at www.daff.gov.za (take the Programmes menu option) or call 012 319 7553.

Keep your eyes and ears open for developments around a new policy, National Policy on Comprehensive Producer Development Support (NPCPDS). The Agbiz commentary (2018) on it can be read at https://agbiz.co.za/news/769/105/Comprehensive-Development-Support-Policy-prioritises-partnerships.

 

 

Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF)

Find information on all directorates at www.daff.gov.za (take the “Branches” option). Of interest to this chapter are mostly those listed under the “Food Security & Agrarian Reform” option.

  • The Directorate: National Extension Reform develops norms and standards for extension and advisory services, and monitors and evaluates their implementation. Call 012 319 6524.
  • The Directorate: National Extension Support, as the name suggests, provides leadership in the co-ordination and implementation of the norms and standards for extension and advisory services. A directory for extension personnel at district level in the nine provinces can be found on its web pages. Call 012 319 6167.
  • The Directorate: Smallholder Development has as its aim “to improve on the production systems and development support of smallholder farmers (producers) in the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors to achieve food security and sustainable livelihoods for all”. Tel: 012 319 8495/6.
  • The Directorate: Subsistence Farming facilitates the development of subsistence producers through the provision of implements and infrastructure. Tel: 012 319 7331.
  • The Directorate: Agricultural Development Finance determines and formulates policies, strategies and programmes on agriculture/rural finance. Tel: 012 319 7216 / 7263 / 6825
  • The Directorate: Co-operatives and Enterprise Development Tel: 012 319 8465

Also:

  • The Directorate: Marketing Tel: 012 319 8455
  • The Directorate: Small Scale Forestry aims to ensure the promotion and development of small scale forestry. Tel: 012 309 5712.

 

 

EXTENSION OFFICERS IN THE PROVINCES

 

The 2015/16 Directory: Extension, Advisory and Forestry Management Service document lists each and every extension officer, local municipality, area of speciality and contact details. This can be downloaded at www.daff.gov.za (take “Branches”, “Food Security & Agrarian Reform” and “National Extension Support” options)  For the purposes of space we have not reproduced the entire document here, sticking to contact details for province and district municipality.

 

EASTERN CAPE

Tel: 043 604 5523 / 082 805 5984 Superintendent General: 040 609 3471 Co-ordinator: 071 331 8614

  • Alfred Nzo District Admin and supervision: 082 929 9566
  • Amathole District Admin and supervision: 043 706 8713
  • Cacadu District Tel: 041 402 6201
  • Chris Hani District Municipality Tel: 045 839 4700
  • Joe Gqabi District Tel: 051 633 1704
  • OR Tambo District Tel: 047 531 0258

FREE STATE

Tel: 051 861 8401 (Head of Department) Tel: 051 861 8423 (Co-ordinator)

  • Fezile Dabi District Tel: 016 976 2003/6
  • Lejweleputswa District Tel: 051 916 6700
  • Motheo District Tel: 051 875 1160
  • Thabo Mofutsanyane District Tel: 058 714 1435
  • Xhariep District Tel: 051 713 0488

GAUTENG

Tel: 011 240 2500

Tshwane District

  • Pretoria – 012 316 1600

Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality

  • Ekurhuleni Metro – 011 821 7700
  • Lesedi, Midvaal, Emfuleni – 011 821 7700

West Rand District Municipality

  • JHB Metro – 011 411 4300
  • Randfontein – 011 411 4300

KWAZULU-NATAL

Find the province’s own Directory: Extension and Advisory Services download at www.kzndard.gov.za. Tel: 033 342 8101 / 082 887 2098 Tel: 033 355 9399 (Co-ordinator) Tel: 033 355 9690 (Head of Department)

  • Amajuba District Tel: 034 312 4614 Dannhauser, eMadlangeni, Estcourt, Newcastle, Utrecht
  • Ilembe District Tel: 032 552 5302 Ilembe, Maphumulo, Ndwedwe, Kwadukuza
  • eThekweni District Tel: 031 302 2800 Tel: 031 915 0044 (assistant manager) Tel: 076 933 4524 (Deputy manager) eThekweni, Ubumbulu, Inchanga
  • Bergville – 036 448 1164
  • Sisonke District Tel: 039 834 7600
  • Ugu District Tel: 039 682 2045 Ezingolweni, Harding, Hibiscus, uMuziwabantu, Umzumbe, Vulamehlo
  • Umgungundlovu District Tel: 033 347 6200 Msunduzi, Umgungundlovu, Camperdown, Allerton
  • Umkhanyakude District Tel: 035 550 0210 Hlabisa, Jozini, Mtubatuba, uMhlabuyalingana, uMkhanyakude, Hluhluwe
  • Umzinyathi District Tel: 034 299 9661
  • Uthukela District Tel: 036 634 6323 Umtshezi, Ladysmith, Emnambithi, Okhahlamba, Umtshezi, UThukela, Mnambithi, Bergville, Indaka, Pieters, Estcourt
  • Uthungulu District Tel: 035 473 0401 Mthonjaneni, Nkandla, Ntambanana, uMhlathuze, Umlalazi, UThungulu
  • Zululand District Tel: 035 831 0326 Abaqulusi, eDumbe, Nongoma, Ulundi, Pongola. KaSani, Mthonjanoni, Jozini)

LIMPOPO

Tel: 015 519 3300 / 083 631 0781 Tel: 015 294 3147 (Co-ordinator) Tel: 015 294 3147 (Head of Department)

  • Capricorn District Tel: 015 632 8600 / 24 Aganang, Blouberg, Lepelle-Nkumpi, Molemole, Polokwane
  • Mopani District Tel: 015 812 3210 Ba-Phalaborwa, Greater Giyani, Greater Letaba, Maruleng, Tzaneen
  • Sikhukhune District Tel: 015 632 7000 Elias Motsoaledi, Ephraim Mogale, Fetakgomo, Greater Tubatse, Makhuduthamaga
  • Vhembe District Tel: 015 963 1653 / 082 464 6110 Makhado, Musina, Mutale, Thulamela
  • Waterberg District Tel: 014 717 2523 / 084 304 2221 Bela-Bela, Lephalale, Modimolle, Mogalakwna, Thabazimbi

MPUMALANGA

Tel: 015 519 3300 / 083 631 0781 Tel: 013 766 6020 / 082 441 1559 (Co-ordinator) Tel: 013 766 6020 (Head of Department)

  • Ehlanzeni District Tel: 013 759 4000
  • Bushbuckridge – 013 773 0333, 013 799 0248
  • Ehlanzeni District (South) Tel: 013 759 4039
  • Gert Sibande District Tel: 017 819 2076
  • Nkangala District Tel: 013 947 2551

NORTH WEST

Tel: 018 389 5146 (Head of Department) Tel: 018 389 5698 (Co-ordinator)

  • Bojanala Platinum District Tel: 015 592 8261 / 084 400 6945
  • Ngaka Modiri Molema District Tel: 018 384 1498
  • Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Tel: 018 299 6504 / 17
  • Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Tel: 053 927 0435

NORTHERN CAPE

Tel: 053 839 7820 (Co-ordinator) Tel: 053 838 9102 (Head of Department)

  • Sol Plaatjie District Tel: 053 839 9100
  • Frances Baard District Tel: 053 456 5800
  • Namakwa District Tel: 027 712 1315
  • Pixley Ka Seme District Tel: 053 631 0074
  • ZF Mgcawu District Tel: 082 559 1132

WESTERN CAPE

Tel: 021 808 5199 (Co-ordinator) Tel: 021 808 5006 (Head of Department)

  • Cape Metropole District Tel: 021 483 7778 Bellville and Khayelitsha
  • Cape Winelands District Tel: 021 886 2560 Drakenstein, Langeberg, Stellenbosch and Witzenberg
  • Central Karoo District Tel: 023 415 3134 Laingsburg and Prince Albert
  • Eden District Municipality Tel: 044 803 3731 Eden, Hessequa, Kannaland, Oudtshoorn and Mossel Bay
  • Overberg District Tel: 028 424 1439 Threewaterskloof and Swellendam
  • West Coast District Tel: 022 433 2330 Bergrivier, Cederberg, Matzikama, Saldanha Bay and Swartland

Best Practice In Research and Development and Extension in the provinces:

 

Technical assistance, advisory service, knowledge transfer through various modes including:

 

  • Demonstrations that involve interaction with farmers on a participatory basis i.e. practical, face-to-face
  • The taking of farmers to centres of excellence to learn about farming methods/technologies
  • Farmers’ days and/or information days where farmers interact with researchers

 

Find the Guides for extension officers under “General publications” (take the Resource Centre” option) at www.daff.gov.za. These include one dedicated to agricultural marketing extension (what the extension officer needs to know and what he/she can do).

 

Although there are occasional places where they are dated, the “Agricultural Marketing Extension” on the same website are highly useful. Take the “Resource Centre” and then General Publications menu options).

 

  • Paper No. 1 provides a general background to marketing issues in South Africa
  • Paper No. 2 and 3 is on horticultural marketing extension
  • Paper No. 4 looks at how extension officers can assist farmers with market information
  • Paper No. 5, on cereals marketing, mainly maize but also other cereals of interest to emerging farmers
  • Paper No. 6 is on dairy farming
  • Paper No. 7 on livestock
  • Paper No. 8 reviews wool and mohair marketing
  • Paper No. 9 covers poultry and eggs marketing

Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR)

www.ruraldevelopment.gov.za

The Recapitalisation and Development Programme is designed to help farmers graduate into commercial farmers. It is aimed at:

  • Land Reform beneficiaries.
  • Land Reform farms with mortgage component.
  • Emerging farmers who purchased farms privately.
  • Irrigation schemes and farms on communal areas.

Funding will be based on a comprehensive business plan on a sliding scale over five years. A strategic partner forms part of the funding structure. Find more information about the department on the website or in the “Land reform” chapter

Role players

The EXTENSION OFFICERS in the provinces – see previous heading.

Towards the end of 2017, DAFF announced the establishment of PROVINCIAL EXTENSION CO-ORDINATING FORUMS (PECFs) in all nine provinces. PECFs are partnerships between government and the private sector to help in the delivery of extension services.

The PROVINCIAL DEPARTMENTS OF AGRICULTURE work closely with the AGRICULTURAL COLLEGES to provide training for emerging and small-scale farmers. Here short courses (FET – Further Education and Training) on crop, goat and dairy production, map reading, farming systems approach, entrepreneurial training, irrigation as well as health and food safety are provided.

COMMODITY ASSOCIATIONS are involved with capacity building programmes. Find these associations in the relevant chapters e.g. find details for Cotton SA in the “Cotton” chapter, the National Wool Growers Association of South Africa (NWGA) in the “Wool” chapter etc. Some of these are:

  • The Fresh Produce Exporters Forum (FPEF) “is committed to support emerging growers in their quest to establish themselves as significant players in the fresh fruit industry”. Read more about the Top of the Class (TOC) and Leadership and Mentorship (L&M) Programmes at www.fpef.co.za.
  • The Grain Farmer Development Association (GFADA) exists to support new entrants into the grain industry and to help them become independent grain farmers. Supporting role players are Grain SA, the Maize Trust, the Winter Cereals Trust, the National Chamber of Milling, the Sorghum Trust, Agbiz and the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC). Farmers are assisted with grant funding for soil correction through application of lime, the cost of crop insurance premiums and mentorship. They are supported for a period of five years. See www.gfada.co.za.
  • Grain SA has a Farmer Development Programme that is funded by the grain trusts – Maize, Sorghum, Winter Cereals and Oil and Protein Seeds Development Trust. The programmes include the formation of and service to study groups, planting of best practice demonstration trials, farmers’ days, Farmer of the Year Competition, individual support to advanced (semi-commercial) farmers, training courses, radio broadcasts and a monthly newsletter. Refer to “Farmer development” at www.grainsa.co.za.
  • Read about the National Emergent Red Meat Producers’ Organisation (NERPO) at www.nerpo.org.za.

Some livestock BREED SOCIETIES provide mentorship to help newcomers. Find contact details in the “Animal improvement and breeders” chapter or at www.sastudbook.co.za.

ORGANISED AGRICULTURE bodies directly represent emerging farmers and/or have farmer help programmes. Some support initiatives happen in partnership with other role players like AgriSETA and universities. Find contact details of AFASA, Agri SA and its provincial affiliates, and other associations in the “Organised agriculture” chapter.

PROVINCIAL and DISTRICT FARMER UNIONS, affiliated to organised agriculture, are often involved with mentoring or capacity building programmes. One impressive initiative is Harry Gwala Agri where a group of commercial farmers around Ingwe, Highflats-Ixopo, Mount Currie and Zwartberg in KZN help passionate developing farmers. See www.harrygwalaagri.co.za. Find details of Agri SA’s provincial affiliates in the “Organised agriculture” chapter.

Find out if there is a DISTRICT STUDY GROUP in your area. These are often affiliated to organised agricultural bodies and/or commodity associations. These gather several times a year with sessions on veld management, herd management, establishment and management of pastures and more.

PREVIOUS OWNERS OF FARMS are often involved in ensuring the success of those who have taken over the property. Find the article “We wanted to be part of the solution” at www.freshplaza.com/article/174297/We-wanted-to-be-part-of-the-solution.

AGRISETA is involved in establishing Black farmers, mainly through its ACCREDITED TRAINING PROVIDERS – find the complete list at www.agriseta.co.za. Some of these training providers are:

UNIVERSITIES run short courses or forums designed for new farmers. These include:

  • The Standard Bank Centre for Agribusiness Leadership and Mentorship Development at Stellenbosch University www.sun.ac.za
  • Sustainability Institute www.sustainabilityinstitute.net
  • The University of Fort Hare establishes development projects with local communities as partners through University and external funding. Examples include Nguni Cattle farming, dairy farming, dried soups, fresh vegetable production, animal traction, etc. It provides the technical services and human development skills required. Call 040 602 2508 / 2232 or visit www.ufh.ac.za.
  • University of the Free State Centre of Excellence Tel: 051 401 3551 / 2557. See www.ufs.ac.za/agriman

UNIVERSITIES also build capacity through their degree courses and research. Some which have a direct bearing on extension and supporting the emerging farmer sector include:

  • University of the Free State (UFS) Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Rural Development and Extension Tel: 051 401 3765 www.ufs.ac.za/censard A new qualification, an Advanced Diploma in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (ADSARD) was launched which aims to meet the needs of the Agricultural Extension and Advisory Service.
  • UFS Department of Agricultural Economics Agricultural Management Tel: 051 401 3551 www.ufs.ac.za/agriman
  • University of Pretoria (UP) Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development Tel: 012 420 3248 / 51
  • UP Continuing Education Tel: 012 434 2500 www.ce.up.ac.za
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) African Centre for Food Security Tel: 033 260 6171 http://acfs.ukzn.ac.za Read about the Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management (AERRM) programme at http://agextension.ukzn.ac.za
  • The Farmer Support Group (FSG) pages are at http://fsg.ukzn.ac.za. Contact 033 260 6275.
  • The method of studying at UNISA – distance learning along with practical modules at a centre near you – makes this an ideal method of studying or upgrading your qualifications, whether you are an extension officer, potential farmer or entrepreneur. Call 011 670 9351 or 011 471 2184, or visit www.unisa.ac.za/sites/corporate/default/Colleges/Agriculture-&-Environmental-Sciences

Various BUSINESSES are involved in mentorship and training. These include:

  • Agbiz affiliated companies’ contribution to developing farmers is highlighted in a downloadable publication on www.agbiz.co.za. Read about Afgri, OVK, VKB, the Humansdorp Co-operative and others in Agribusiness contributes to the National Development Plan through Enterprise Development. Many of the affiliates run dedicated emerging farmer programmes. Kaap Agri offers training to emerging farmers and farm workers on an ongoing basis through its training academy in Porterville as well as on site, for example. In addition, it provides financing for the production needs of emerging farmers.
  • Backsaver designs equipment especially for small scale farmers. See www.backsaver.co.za.
  • DFM Technologies supplies its Farm Management software to BEE farms free of charge with only a small license fee payable per year. Call 021 904 1154 or visit https://dfmtechnologies.co.za.
  • John F Marshall Tel: 011 842 7100 www.johnfmarshall.co.za Training and equipment for rural enterprises
  • Just Veggies procures all its vegetables from black farmers. See www.justveggies.co.za.
  • Made With Rural Tel: 083 214 5003 www.madewithrural.farm A cluster farming model helps small-scale farmers become established.
  • Old Mutual’s Masizizane Fund http://dogreatthings.co.za/masisizane/
  • Terra Madre SA Tel: 082 602 2882 http://terramadresa.com Food sourced from small farmers around Gauteng
  • Tiger Brands sources crops like beans, tomatoes and sunflower from emerging farmers (SANews, 2015).
  • Toyota runs the Toyota New Harvest of the Year Award competition to recognise historically disadvantaged farmers who have “triumphed over adversity to grow successful, competitive farming enterprises”. To find out more about the competition, contact Prof van der Westhuizen at 051 507 3788 or email cvdwesth [at] cut.ac.za or carluvdw [at] gmail.com.
  • Umtiza Farmers’ Corp Tel: 043 722 4215 www.umtiza.co.za
  • The Vumelana Governance Awards (VGA) profiles success stories in land reform. See http://vumelafund.com.
  • Womiwu Rural Development Tel: 015 297 2107 www.womiwu.com

SUPERMARKETs like Pick ‘n Pay and Massmart have partnership with small scale farmer co-operatives that supply organic vegetables to stores countrywide. See the Ackerman Pick ‘n Pay Foundation listing later.

CONSULTANTS are involved in establishing new farmer programmes (see the “Consultants” chapter). Some examples:

SCIENCE COUNCILS and SEMI-STATE BODIES are involved in supporting small-scale agriculture. Find details of all Science Councils in the “Research and development” chapter. Some examples:

  • The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) has a mandate to support resource poor farmers. Find details of the different research institutes in the “Research and development” chapter, or visit www.arc.agric.za.
  • The Agri Business Development division at the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) is tasked to work with other role players “in designing programmes aimed at increasing market access, encouraging new business development and capacity building of historically disadvantaged agribusinesses”. Find the latest AGRIPRENEUR and other publications on www.namc.co.za.
  • The Network on Irrigation Research and Extension for Smallholder Agriculture (NIRESA), housed at the Water Research Commission, was founded to facilitate the exchange of ideas and practices about smallholder irrigation in South Africa. It is a platform for scientists, extension officers and students to strengthen irrigation activities across the country. Contact Dr Sylvester Mpandeli at sylvesterm [at] wrc.org.za.
  • Agri Business Development Agency (ADA) “provides support for entrant commercial farmers”. Tel: 033 347 8600 www.ada-kzn.co.za
  • Timbali Technology Incubator, based in Mpumalamga, sets up small-scale farmers in sustainable businesses. 100% of Timbali’s farmers make it through the first year of business. See www.timbali.co.za.

NGOs, TRUSTS and FOUNDATIONS support small scale farmers and other entrepreneurs.

  • Ackerman Pick ‘n Pay Foundation www.picknpay.co.za/foundation
  • Afrigrow Tel: 010 900 2058 www.afrigrow.org Smallholder farmers trained and supply chains built for them
  • Afrika Tikkun Tel: 011 325 5914 www.afrikatikkun.org
  • Biowatch Tel: 035 550 3148 www.biowatch.org.za
  • Future Farmers Foundation Tel: 033 342 9043 / 083 555 0082 www.futurefarmersfoundation.com
  • Is’Baya Development Trust Tel: 028 273 8045 www.isbaya.org
  • Kei Farmers Support Centre Association (KFSCA) Tel: 047 532 4343 kfsca [at] intekom.co.za
  • Lima Rural Development Foundation Tel: 033 342 9043 www.lima.org.za
  • Maize Trust Tel: 012 807 3958 www.maizetrust.co.za
  • The Oil & Protein Seed Development Trust (OPOT) Tel: 011 234 3400 www.opot.co.za
  • A huge number of small farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa implement farming practices that are close to organic practices. Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) serve small producers and contribute effectively to the development of a local market by linking producers and consumers and educating consumers about organic farming by encourag¬ing them to participate in the guarantee system of the organic products they purchase. Write to raymond.auerbach [at] nmmu.ac.za or contact the Rainman Landcare Foundation for more information.
  • The Siyazisiza Trust runs projects in several districts in KwaZulu-Natal. Visit www.siyazisiza.org.za.
  • South African Society for Agricultural Extension (SASAE) Tel: 014 533 2172 www.sasae.co.za
  • Surplus Peoples Project https://spp.org.za
  • TechnoServe, “Business solutions to poverty” www.technoserve.org.za

PROVINCIAL INVESTMENT AGENCIES are involved in farmer support programmes. Find the list of provincial and municipal-based agencies in the “Providers of financial services” chapter.

MUNICIPALITIES. See what your municipality offers. An agreement in the Witzenberg municipality in the Western Cape, for example, between district farmers, the municipality and the community saw the establishment of Witzenberg PALS. The aim of Witzenberg PALS is to establish new farmers in a way that stimulates economic growth, job creation and social harmony. Call 023 316 1191 or visit http://wpals.co.za.

BANKS are also involved through partnerships and funding e.g. Land Bank’s Retail Emerging Markets (REM) offering.

Some INTERNATIONAL BODIES assist with emerging agriculture in this country and elsewhere:

  • Landesa Rural Development Institute www.landesa.org
  • PUM Netherlands Senior Experts www.pum.nl (contact details for representatives around the country are on the website).

Research

Websites and publications

Refer to websites listed earlier in this chapter.

 

 

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