Small-scale farmers reject R1.2bn government relief package as too small
Farmers say they cannot cover operational costs during the Covid-19 lockdown and jobs have been lost
While the agricultural sector escaped some of the strictest Covid-19 lockdown regulations as it is regarded as an essential service, small-scale farmers have spurned the government's R1.2bn relief package that was set aside to assist them as too little.
The small-scale farmers are the second business grouping to express dissatisfaction at the government’s support. Their counterparts in the taxi industry have rejected a R1.14bn relief package offered by transport minister Fikile Mbalula. Taxi owners rejected the amount — believed to be R20,000 per taxi — as too small, and were also irked by the conditions accompanying the package...