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KZN small-scale farmers get a multi-million rand boost

KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala launched the planting season and announced an assistance plan of over R100 million to help struggling farmers with equipment and seeds.

Picture: EWN.

DURBAN– Thousands of small-scale farmers in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) have been given a major boost in resources by the provincial government.

Earlier on Friday, KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala launched the planting season and announced an assistance plan of over R100 million to help struggling farmers with equipment and seeds.

This follows several complaints from small-scale farmers about a lack of government support.

Nelson Mpotshane said some of the challenges facing local farmers, like himself, included poor access to training and financial aid.

“Our biggest challenge is infrastructure. Farmers are able to buy seedlings and chemicals for themselves. But it’s very difficult for farmers to buy tractors. It’s very difficult for farmers to have heir own pumps for pumping water.”

Zikalala authorised R160 million to assist farmers facing these challenges.

“We’ll assist them through implements, fertilizers, irrigation schemes, tractors and others.”

The premier said government would buy produce from the farmers and assist them to access other markets.

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