The department of agriculture, land reform & rural development has suspended with immediate effect the use of vouchers, affecting more than 55,000 subsistence farmers as problems with suppliers and pricing cause bottlenecks.

An estimated R1bn was ring-fenced by the government to issue the production input coupons, capped at R9,000 per voucher on a seasonal basis as part of the Smallholder Farmer Disaster Relief Fund...

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