South Africa: Didiza Announces Initiative to Support Subsistence Producers

Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza has invited all subsistence producers to apply for the Presidential Employment Stimulus initiative.

The initiative is aimed at sustaining and increasing employment in the agricultural sector.

Announcing the department’s interventions to support subsistence producers, at a media briefing held in Tshwane on Monday, Didiza said that the programme aims to assist households utilising land in their home backyards, gardens in communal areas, and producers who don’t earn any other income.

Didiza said subsistence producers will be supported with farming input vouchers to retain self-employment in the sector, while supporting food value chains.

“We’ve decided to target vulnerable individuals and groups, and aims to support 50% women, 40% youth and 6% persons with disabilities. Unemployed farm-dwellers and military veterans will also be prioritised for support through this initiative and are encouraged to apply,” Didiza said.

The Minister also noted that that the type and quantities of support provided will be limited to the commodity applied for and the size of the current operation physically verified on site. The amount of support will range between R1000 and R9000.

“We are targeting the smallest within the agricultural sector. During the implementation of this programme, the department will employ unemployed NARYSEC [National Rural Youth Service Corps] Youth and unemployed agricultural graduates to work as verification officers. The youth employment initiative will support the creation of jobs in excess of 6 000 temporary jobs,” she said.