Didiza: More than R500 mln allocated to over 15,000 farmers from disaster fund

Briefing media in Pretoria on Sunday, Minister Thoko Didiza said of more than 50,000 applications that were received 15,036 have been approved.

Agriculture Minister Thoko Didiza. Picture: @DAFF_ZA/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG – The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza has announced the approval of more than 15,000 applications from farmers across the country, for the disaster management fund during the coronavirus lockdown.

Briefing the media in Pretoria on Sunday, Didiza said more than 50,000 applications were received but only those who successfully submitted their applications by the 22 April 2020 deadline, and met the set criteria, were approved.

“The Eastern Cape Province received the highest number of applications followed by the Northern Cape and North West. To date, 15,036 applications have been approved valued at just over R500 million in favour of smallholder and communal farmers.”

The minister gave the breakdown for provinces.

Free State 389

KwaZulu-Natal 2, 812

_Northern Cape 1,435 _
Gauteng 1,045

Mpumalanga 999

North West 3,153

Limpopo 1,994

Eastern Cape 1,622

Western Cape 1,587

Didiza said applicants will first be told of their success before further detail is made public.

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