R120 million for emerging fruit farmers in Western Cape

Emerging fruit farmers in the Western Cape are set to receive R120 million in funding to help them increase productivity on their farms.

Alan Winde, Western Cape MEC of economic opportunities, said that 20 black deciduous fruit farmers in the province would benefit after the province secured funding from the Jobs Fund.

The fund will be allocated over four years to 24 farmers (20 in the Western Cape, four in the Eastern Cape) to help them to reach commercial status, the Western Cape Department of Economic Opportunities said in a statement.

“The money will be used to renew and expand orchards, to purchase production equipment and for farming infrastructure. In the Western Cape, we have the goal of ensuring a 70% success rate of the land reform projects we invest in and this is why we are supporting this project,” said Winde.