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WC’s emerging farmers receive R130m boost from Rural Development Dept

Deputy Minister Mcebisi Skwatsha handed out R78m in funding certificates to beneficiaries in Piketberg.

Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform says it will release more than R100 million to support emerging farmers in the Western Cape.

Deputy Minister Mcebisi Skwatsha yesterday handed out R78 million in funding certificates to beneficiaries in Piketberg.

The 19 farmers, whom the department purchased land for in 2011, are among more than 180 set to benefit from the recapitalisation and development fund.

Skwatsha says that, in total, the project will unlock about R130 million rand in funding

"This is part of our recapitalisation programme which is part of redressing the injustices of the past. The farms we have taken are from the West Coast to the Karoo."