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Agri trade welcomes new R1,95 billion blended financing scheme

A brand new R1,95 billion blended financing scheme aimed on the commercialisation of black farmers has been welcomed by Christo van der Rheede, CEO of Agri SA.

The minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Growth, Thoko Didiza, introduced the small print of the Land Financial institution’s new blended financing scheme throughout a current media briefing.
Picture: Susan Marais

The scheme was introduced by the Division of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Growth (agriculture division) and the Land Financial institution in Tshwane on Monday (24 October).

Thabi Nkosi, chairperson of the Land Financial institution, stated the division had allotted R325 million per 12 months for the following three years to arrange the scheme.

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The financial institution can be matching match this quantity on a rand-for-rand foundation, bringing the overall worth of the scheme to R1,95 billion.

“The financial institution nonetheless has critical ongoing legacy points that must be addressed, however after a two years hiatus I can confidently say that the financial institution is again in enterprise and is ready to help shoppers in all 9 provinces to use for this blended financing scheme.”

Nkosi added that this scheme would make the funding of agriculture extra viable, bankable and reasonably priced. In an interview with Farmer’s Weekly, the minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Growth Thoko Didiza, stated the scheme was geared toward supporting small to medium-sized black farmers, in addition to partnerships between black and white farmers.

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“Within the case of a partnership, it could be supreme if the possession is split on a 60:40 [black-owned versus white-owned] foundation. The purpose of the scheme is to carry extra black farmers to a industrial stage,” Didiza stated.

She added that one of many circumstances of this scheme was that farmers wanted pre- and post-loan assist.

“This goes for all farmers, not solely new entrants to the sector. Even white, industrial farmers want post-lending assist to be able to be sure that they can service their debt.”

Didiza stated that the division was additionally within the strategy of investigating methods during which title deeds for land might be transferred to land reform beneficiaries, as this might then be used as collateral to acquire financing.

Van der Rheede instructed Farmer’s Weekly on the launch that it was “gratifying to see that the financial institution was on the highway to restoration”, however it was additionally necessary that the state-owned enterprise ought to be taught from its previous errors.

“The cash should solely be lent to the appropriate individuals on the right foundation. If loans can’t be repaid in a timeous method, the financial institution will merely discover itself in the identical predicament that it’s at present in,” Van der Rheede stated, referring to the truth that the Land Financial institution had beforehand defaulted by itself debt.

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