Budget for agricultural disasters increases

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has set aside over R2.8 billion for disaster management in the next year.

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DAFF has made R990 million available through the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period until 2014/15 as part of the flood assistance scheme. DAFF minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said that the Department has begun the process of implementing the flood assistance scheme, with its emphasis on infrastructure repairs.

R954 million has been allocated for plant and animal production, including inspection and laboratory services. A further R935 million is being given for agricultural research.

Read the full story in the 18 May 2012 issue of FW.

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