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Billions spent on distressed farmers

2012-08-13 14:44

Cape Town - Government has had to pump money into almost 600 farms in distress from April 1, 2010, to December 31 last year, Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti said on Monday.

Replying in writing to a parliamentary question from an opposition MP, Nkwinti said R1.3bn was spent on helping 411 distressed farmers by April last year. By December, this amount had more than doubled.

"For the period 1 April 2011 to 31 December 2011, a total of 595 projects were assisted, including the farms that were assisted during the 2010-2011 financial year," Nkwinti said.

"In total, financial assistance to the amount of R3 585 23614.79 was provided."

This included financial and technical assistance in the form of contracted strategic partners, mentors, and in some cases service providers to render services, such as water reticulation.

Nkwinti has acknowledged that the state will not achieve its aim of transferring 30% of white-owned agricultural land to emerging black farmers by 2014.

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Comments
  • Johann Enslin - 2012-08-13 14:54

    That is a lot of money wasted.

  • eduard.homes - 2012-08-13 15:07

    where are these farms and who are the owners?

  • KReddy - 2012-08-13 15:11

    Is this in addition to what was paid by Government in buying land and giving it back to the communities dispossessed? If that's the case then the ammount may be much more. Note that quite a lot of the those that this money was spent on have no experience farming and let the land waste away. The domino effect is more money is being wasted year on year with a greatly reduced output or food production and job creation. If the gov can realise that they have so much of land to tackle their land reform targets and assist farmers in productive way (I can stake my life that the wasted money went to 4 by 4s for new land owners and elsewhere) then food prices can go down. Rural areas can be revitalized and farm murders drop significantly. But nooooo, it all comes to utter mismanagement and cadre deployment who have bloody idea of what to do.

      KReddy - 2012-08-13 15:13

      No bloody idea. Touch screens not good for my fingers. Hahaha

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-13 17:58

      Its a lot more than "quite a lot", most land was given to people not really interested in farming, it was returned on an ideological basis. It gives the false impression that black people cannot farm. If the land had been given to people that really wanted to farm, the success rate would have been exponentially higher. But land reform is done to score political points instead of helping uplift people. It is also done in a spiteful way - targetting white farmers as a sort of revenge for the past. A nice tool to play with, easily gets people worked up ...

      peter.estrange - 2012-08-14 09:42

      I would guess that the main problem is that the farms are given back to a community, with the (chief) a loyal ANC person. Give the land back to the individuals who want to farm and with those title deeds they can access finance from the Land bank, who then put in place mentorship if needed. If the farmer wastes that money he forfeits the farm and a work related farmer hen buys the farm from the bank. Damn - I sound like a capitalist.

  • kooskanmar - 2012-08-13 15:18

    How many of those farmers are actually able to commercially farm ? It's a business like any other. If my business is failing because I'm not equipped to be a business owner, will I receive funding from government ? Throwing good money after bad seldom has a good ending.

  • MallyGold - 2012-08-13 15:31

    @Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti: Do you also help those thousands of white distressed farmers who have suffered the torture of ongoing farm murders?

  • mark.a.fysh - 2012-08-13 15:37

    I think: 1. These are largely subsistance farmers. 2. Most will be back next year for another bailout. 3. There will be no consequences for these "farmers" in regard to their performance. 4. This failing "model" will continue, complements of the taxpayer. Meanwhile, legitimate and efficient farmers will carry on producing food, while the cadres continue to leach off the country.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-13 15:44

    Tragic. No madness perpetrated by the ruling Party can compare with this.

  • tc.convulvulous - 2012-08-13 15:47

    ..and how much did the ANC spend on causing distress on farms? Definitely much more!

  • Jaco - 2012-08-13 15:54

    I don’t understand. So now instead of farmers making money for the country, they’re costing us money? Or how does this work?

  • clive.wannenburg - 2012-08-13 15:59

    We need our farmers to be productive, so if they need help them so be it. But if they are given farms and then still need bail outs easy come easy go then take the farm and give it to someone who will offer jobs and food to the nation.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-13 16:01

    There is a cadre farmer in Mpumulanga who adbucted schoolgirls for labour. When recued by the Police, the girls were in a horrific mental and physical condition.

  • arm.witmens - 2012-08-13 16:24

    Read between the lines people. 1. "a total of 595 projects were assisted" - ie, land reform or farms given away to the people that cant farm. WE are footing the bill for this one as i said from day one. 2."including the farms that were assisted during the 2010-2011 financial year" - they knew the poeple were failing, but elections needed to be won so money was thrown at these incompetent morons. 3."assistance in the form of contracted strategic partners, mentors, and in some cases service providers to render services" - in other words, we will plant FOR you, we will get person to sell it FOR you and we will give you money as well. Pathetic ANC. Its time all farmers stop delivering and start looking after themselves untill this useless government help the REAL farmers of this land.

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-08-13 16:38

    This is not about reform anymore. You are unable to protect the farming community as a whole. All your money is wasted because of your greed for so-called "white land" nkwinti. How much more blood do you want on your hands? How much more food/seed will SA have to import by 2014?

  • carol.paterson.923 - 2012-08-13 16:52

    That money should have been distributed to all the families whose loved ones were either attacked or murdered over the years. Why waste money on a bunch a useless individuals who know diddly squat about farming. Another nail in the ANC coffin.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-13 17:30

    We will play this expensive game to try and prove a point. This process will get us to be the next Zim that much quicker. You need to know something about farming to be a farmer. Is this so hard?

  • Zahir - 2012-08-13 18:16

    Headline should read billions WASTED

  • andre.kuhn.583 - 2012-08-13 18:23

    This is rediculous. I even cannot get an overdraft for my growing farming enterprice from the useless banks. Anyway these payments should be made as transperant as a thin glas and if not treated as wasted resources for generations to come.

  • Vince.York - 2012-08-13 21:52

    SO then national policy must be amended and relaxed, as should be the most objectionable racist policies of our land as well - thereby opening up the gates for FAR MORE PRODUCTIVITY AND JOB CREATION FOR ALL

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-08-14 07:23

    I cannot for the life of me see how you can stick a man on a farm and say 'grow crops' farmers spend a lifetime of toil, slog, sweat and tears to raise a crop. These new farmers need to be screened before being placed on fertile land. It is unfair to those new farmers and it is disastrous to South Africa. Government is shooting itself in the foot. I am not against people getting land, not at all, but if you think the monies paid out now are massive just wait and see. And now 'land grab with compensation' does not alter the situation. Take a look at most African countries, don't let us end up as they have.

  • Peter Zylstra - 2012-08-14 08:03

    They are in distress because they are all useless and incompetant!

      john.rattey - 2012-08-14 08:23

      and corrupt!

  • john.rattey - 2012-08-14 08:28

    it does not matter where you look - whatever the anc does is tainted with incompetence, corruption and doomed to failure. This country is on the edge. Take care.

  • nic.vin.18 - 2012-08-14 11:37

    That is R3.16 millon for each of the 411 farmers. We are short on detail here. For example; what is the value of each farms output? Are these farmers competent? why would a farmer need financial and technical assistance from contracted strategic partners, mentors? Perhaps it is because both the farmers and the government department are incompetent?

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