Key services relate to providing extension and training to farmers with special emphasis on developing emerging farmers, implementation of land reform programmes and agricultural-rural development projects.Provision is also made for Food Security support services and active support with the implementation of the community projects funded from Ilima/Letsema and the Comprehensive Agriculture Support Programme (CASP).
Provide training, co-ordination and support with regard to the Land Restitution, Distribution and Development Programme. The management of the CASP programme and conditional grants are included under “Farmer Settlement”.
Extension and Advisory Services
Provide and facilitate training, mentorship, co-ordination, research transfer and advice to commercial and emerging farmers. These services are managed from five regional centres and the service remains one of the core functions of the Department.
The primary objectives of the Food Security Programme are to co-ordinate and implement various food security projects as highlighted and adopted in the Integrated Food Security Strategy of South Africa and the FSGDS. The Ilima/Letsema grant forms part of this service.
More information on Agricultural Development in the Free State and CASP is available in the Resource Centre.