R640m project to boost emerging sugarcane farming community

R640m project to boost emerging sugarcane farming community

A R640 million investment is being made into the sugarcane industry to help give emerging small scale farmers a leg up.

Helene Valenzuela / AFP

It's part of a project that will rollout over the next five years.

Chairperson of South African Cane Growers, Rex Talmage says it's to support the development of small-scale black growers - who make up more than half of their members and to ensure greater transformation in the industry.

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He says growers in KwaZulu-Natal areas including Pongola, Umfolozi, Amatikulu, and Umzimkhulu stand to benefit.

"There are two components to it, first off there'll be a preferential pricing mechanism for small scale black growers and the second will be training and it will be provided in various forms."


Talmage says the future of the sugarcane industry continues to be under threat - with the COVID-19 pandemic putting even more livelihoods at risk.

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