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Farmers need funding to survive: Mantashe

By Sapa | Aug 13, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 85 ]

If there is no funding and support programs for farmers they will not succeed, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday.

"If we are to succeed, farmers must have access to funding and markets. If they don't have that, you won't succeed," he said at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg.

"You can give land to as many farmers as you want but if you don't have support programmes it will fail."

Mantashe was speaking about food security and land reform.

He urged commercial farmers to help groom emerging farmers and help them regain the skills needed for farming, which they had lost during apartheid.

"We have a responsibility to make people with no homes realise there is a future in South Africa," he said.

"Black South Africans were dispossessed of land. The dispossession resulted in them [being driven] out of their land but it also deskilled them."

He said people lost their skills because they had not farmed for so long and had lost their relationship with the land.

"Commercial farmers must help reproduce the skill," said Mantashe.


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Stop giving farms to communities. You cannot farm by committee!
The only reason that some of the farms are working is because the other farmers help them. What do they get in return? Insults and threats. How does that encourage them to help anyone? Stop making existing farmers into the 'enemy' and maybe they will be more likely to help more. For all their bullshit, the average farmer is a decent sort of human.

Farmers don't need 'funding', they need sustainability. Farming isn't for sissies. It is hard work which needs dedication, information and a lot of luck.

Aug 13, 2014 10:23 | 2 replies


@ Momma C - Tjo you are hot today. Back to the topic, I didn't know that you need luck to prosper in farming.

Aug 13, 2014 10:45 | 1 replies


Mother Nature can be a fickle biitch when she wants to be.

Aug 13, 2014 10:49 | 0 replies


you have spoken from my heart...

Aug 13, 2014 1:12 | 0 replies


New farmers need education to people to go to agriculture school, if they pass with good marks give them land and start up capital - there are lots of farmers in South Africa and across the world who prospered without funding......why do farmers suddenly need funding now?

Is the idea that you give someone land and then you give them money to live on it......and you call it farming?

Aug 13, 2014 10:29 | 0 replies


It really raises a concern when someone of Mantashe's influence is talking about suppport to farmers when he also owns a farm.

Aug 13, 2014 10:30 | 1 replies


Ja, seems his livestock may have died through neglect and need replacement.

Aug 13, 2014 10:39 | 0 replies


Farmers need funding to survive: Mantashe
N*gga I hope you not talking about comrade Thandi Modise...and the other cadres who own farms but know jack about farming

Aug 13, 2014 10:30 | 1 replies


They need to get more stock to abuse.

Aug 13, 2014 10:39 | 0 replies


Stupid communists - commercial farmers does not have to reproduce the skills, they have to farm and produce food - schools and universities...they system you broke is for reproducing skills.

Someone save us from our illiterate and uneducated government!

Aug 13, 2014 10:32 | 0 replies


Another way of duping he public as the ZANC channels out taxes to their cronies as usual. How many farms and millions of rands were handed to those old crocks called MK veterans. Those millions were chowed and farms left desolate. Voertsek Gwede! Just steal and don't try explaining anything because that assumes people are dumb, like ANC Zumbies and sheep

Aug 13, 2014 10:33 | 2 replies


Mthimbana at it again.

Aug 13, 2014 10:45 | 0 replies


Even if one wants to agree with you, inhlamba yona ungayithini. Hamba uyogeza umlomo nge jik ne steel wool. Sinikiniki ndini.

Aug 13, 2014 11:21 | 0 replies


Ja ja.... screech about funding farmers and then no doubt you will be writing to them and demanding part of their income for your "services".

Aug 13, 2014 10:38 | 1 replies


@ Robin - Old man can you please try write something positive. The article is about helping farmers so that SA will have food security, and you are busy spilling your bitterness.

Aug 13, 2014 10:53 | 1 replies


I will when there is something positive to say. I don't just churn out what my masters tell me.

Aug 13, 2014 11:18 | 0 replies


Regardless of all this after the next land claims debacle massive MASSIVE tracks of land will belong to chiefs and "kings" all orchestrated by Zummer, besides paying taxes to government, you will be paying levies and rentals to tribal chiefs......we are truly F@cked this time around.....

Aug 13, 2014 10:43 | 0 replies


ANC pretend to be the poorest political party when they know that they have invested well in the back stage. Yesterday ANC was asking for donations from public,today ANC farmers are talking funding as a source os success. When you have a land you have everything,hence white people didnt bother to solicit funding after hijecking the land. Funding my foot,we just need to have disciplined education system and the rest shall follow. No amount of funding would replace knowledge. So the quality bribe free education is the way.

Aug 13, 2014 10:47 | 0 replies


It is very interesting to hear this from Mr Mantashe. The President announced the JOBSFUND two years ago. We applied and wanted to absorb post-matriculants as extention officers and animal technicians. Both applications were never considered. It shows that the left does not know what the right one is doing. There needs to be coordination of the resolutions, policies and what the SOE's are doing. Soon the ANC will run out of things to say as we will not trust them.

Aug 13, 2014 10:48 | 1 replies


Hardly anyone in government has an education - how do you expect them to lead and to manage complex strategies and implement projects when many of them can't even pass high school????

Aug 13, 2014 10:51 | 0 replies


the termites build things, ants carry stuff away for themselves until there is only bare sand left

Aug 13, 2014 10:52 | 1 replies


This is true - there is massive asset stripping and very little building going on in SA. Hence our very very low growth rate!!

Aug 13, 2014 11:7 | 0 replies