Multi-Planting Season Programme
The Department has set aside R77 million to regenerate the multi-planting season (Phez’komkhono) programme in the current financial year. Even though the province has experienced unfavorable weather conditions resulting in delayed rains and consequently the start of the planting season, the Department successfully assisted farmers to plant over 11 000 hectares in the financial year 2019/20. The Department will accelerate the programme through the use and promotion of conservation tillage to enable development of more areas and protection of natural resources. Farmers will be encouraged to practice this farming method including other climate smart agricultural technologies in light of global warming and climate change.
As part of enterprise development, the Department will pilot in two districts the use of locally based SMMEs to provide mechanization services. This initiative will enable expedient provision of services and consequently benefit both the local businesses and farmers who were unable to receive the state mechanization services.