Extension Services and Food Security

Sub-Programme: Farmer Support (Agricultural Extension and Food Security)


The aim of the Sub-Programme is to provide extension and training to farmers with special emphasis to developing or emerging farmers; implementation of agricultural rural development projects. Farmer Support and District Co-ordination has three regions, namely Eastern Region, Western Region and Kgalagadi and six districts viz Moshaweng, Frances Baard, Siyanda, Pixley ka-Seme, Namaqualand and Ga-Segonyane.  

Specified policies and priorities :
Policies
•    Strategic plan for South African Agriculture
•    Land Redistribution for Agricultural Development
•    Framework on Norms and Standards for Advisory Services in Agriculture
•    Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme
•    Mentorship policy
•    Women and Youth in Agriculture policy
•    NCPGDS
•    ASGISA

Priorities
•    Implementation of Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme
•    Training and capacity building of emerging farmers and farm workers
•    Implementation of Orange River Emerging Farmer Settlement Programme
•    Implementation of Commercialization of Goats
•    Support to land reform beneficiaries and new entrants into farming
•    Promote women and youth participation in agriculture

Services Offered by the Sub-Programme

•    Development of farm management plans
•    Compilation of Agricultural Potential Reports
•    Hosting of information and farmers days
•    Organising agricultural tours for farmers
•    Doing agricultural demonstrations for farmers
•    Giving courses and training to farmers
•    Facilitating of mentorships for emerging farmers
•    Institutional development to farmers
•    Awareness campaigns, e.g. road shows, exhibitions
•    Projects’ planning and implementation.
•    Support to communal and tribal areas
•    Agriculture awareness in schools
•    Programme for the youth month School excursions/tours (Junior Landcare)
•    Female farmer competition
•    Sub Division of land
•    Comments on mining applications
•    Support the implementation of disaster management
•    Early warning reports