by Grain S.A.

Rural farmer development programme

Grain SA instrumental in developing commercial farmers

Grain SA is doing all it can to support rural farmers


Grain SA is working very hard to unite and transform the agricultural sector in South Africa.

Over the past number of years, it has been fortunate to have received funding for the programme from the Maize Trust, the Winter Cereals Trust, The Oil and Protein Seeds Development Trust, the Sorghum Trust, SABM and the AgriSETA.

Over the last 10 years the focus of farmer development has been investing in people – increasing their knowledge and skills and empowering them to become independent and sustainable commercial farmers.

Grain SA have invested in the farmers through study groups, demonstration trials, Farmers days, Farmer of the Year competitions, support to advanced farmers, training courses, radio broadcasts and through the Pula Imvula newsletters. Farmer development involves:

  • Skills development and training
  • Land
  • Mechanisation
  • Production inputs
  • Markets
  • Management

The recapitalisation programmes of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development are making all this possible.

Grain SA supports farmers to do the right thing as they need to know what to do and then they need to be in a financial position to actually do it. They have been very fortunate to enter into agreements with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform on the national level, as well as with the North West Department of Agriculture and Land Reform.

The organisation is now involved in recap as follows:

  • Department of Rural Development and Land reform;
  • Free State 16 (plus 4 still being processed)
  • Mpumalanga 2;
  • North West 14;
  • DARD North West;
  • 26 farmers (equipment for own use); and
  • 83 farmers (DARD equipment)

The recapitalisation programmes of these departments require a lengthy process and take courage and commitment to complete.



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