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COVID-19 Agricultural Disaster Support Fund Under the Spotlight

April 30, 2020

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

42 444 application forms were received for the COVID-19 Agricultural Disaster Support Fund for Smallholder and Communal Farmers.

The agriculture, land reform and rural development department announced this in a statement on the way forward for the intervention process.

Earlier this month the department called for applications from small-scale farmers currently in production and preparing for winter crops.

The grant shall not exceed R50 000 per farming operation and targeted commodities include poultry, vegetables, fruits, livestock and winter crops.

The plan is for all successful applicants/farmers to receive their vouchers to collect inputs from various retailers, wholesalers and “Koparasies” by 8 May 2020.

The department added that farmers that could not submit their applications on time due to various reasons or challenges should not despair as other departmental programmes will be announced soon for the 2020/21 financial year.