Small farmers must be excited by finance minister Tito Mboweni’s budget speech. The minister indicated that the department of rural development & land reform will be allocating R3.7bn to assist emerging farmers who want land. This will ensure that we rekindle the class of black commercial farmers that was destroyed by the 1913 Natives Land Act. We need to concentrate our efforts on the small farmers by investing more and offering better resources to support them. To achieve success, small farmers need a comprehensive agribusiness support package, including access to finance, the provision of technical expertise and contracted markets. The department allocated additional funding for its land restitution programme. This will go a long way to redress people or communities that were dispossessed of property after June 1913 as a result of past racially discriminatory laws and practices. The budget will drive radical transformation for rural economic growth and the redistribution of land....

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