The South African Farmers Development Association (SAFDA) recently announced the start of the roll-out of R133 066 553 ratoon management funding from the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) to support small-scale farmers in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. The roll-out started in April 2019.
This comes after SAFDA made an appeal to government to assist small-scale communal and land reform sugarcane farmers, who were mostly affected by the catastrophes facing the industry. Small-scale growers, in particular, are the first to feel the shocks of low sugar prices, rising input costs and the effects of the crippling drought that affected the industry.
This much-needed intervention by the DRDLR will contribute to the increase of production yields, improving sustainability of small-scale farmers and most of all to create jobs in sugarcane farming communities.