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Which farmers should benefit from emergency aid, and who will need it?

30 March 2020 5:22 PM
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Stellenbosch University professor of agricultural economics professor Johann Kirsten looks at who should benefit from this money.

Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza announced at the launch of the 2017 census of commercial agriculture that her department has guaranteed R1.2 billion for assistance to mainly small-scale farmers.

Stellenbosch University's Professor of agricultural economics professor Johann Kirsten looks at who would benefit from this money.

We often say small-scale farmers will benefit but the argument I have put on the table is that small scale is sometimes confused with the scale of operation and people are just looking at the farm size or the hectares and not the operational size.

Professor Johann Kirsten - Professor of agricultural economics - Stellenbosch University

Ther are many framers who are called commercial that are actually micro-enterprise and could be facing hardships in these difficult times.

Professor Johann Kirsten - Professor of agricultural economics - Stellenbosch University

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30 March 2020 5:22 PM
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Farmers
coronavirus covid-19.
emergency aid
farming aid
farmers emergency aid

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