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Employment Stimulus for Subsistence Farmers in Place

December 9, 2020

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Subsistence farmers can apply for the Presidential Employment Stimulus initiative.

In a statement, the agriculture, land reform and rural development department announced that the initiative will commence on 10 December and conclude on 22 December 2022.

According to the department, the programme is designed to sustain and increase employment in the agriculture sector.

Approximately 6000 unemployed Narysec Youth and unemployed Agricultural Graduates will also be employed to work as verification officers.

The department confirmed that only one application per household will be permitted.

Specific targeted commodities that will be supported include vegetables, grains (maize and soybean), sugarcane, cotton, poultry and livestock.

Support will range between R1000 and R9000.

The agriculture, land reform and rural development minister, Thoko Didiza, during a media briefing on the programme, declared that it is aimed at sustaining and increasing employment in the agricultural sector.

“In excess of 75 000 subsistence producers will be supported with farming input vouchers, to retain self-employment in the sector, while supporting food value chains,” she said.

The minister confirmed that application forms, in all 11 official languages, will be accessible from cell phones once the USSD code is entered.

“The Department will take 150 000 applications by using the USSD system. The principle of first come first serve per provinces will apply,” she said.

The minister added that applicants will receive notices in January 2021.

Meanwhile, in Government Gazette 43962, the South African Veterinary Council announced that Dr OJ Botha has been appointed as a member of the Council to serve from 17 November 2020 until 31 July 2022.