- The Sernick Group and the Jobs Fund partnered to establish a land reform project
- The project empowers emerging black farmers in the Free State province
- The initiative has been hailed as a beacon of hope capable of uniting South Africans on the land issue
A privately funded land reform project in the Free State province is set to empower hundreds of black emerging farmers.
The Sernick Group and the Jobs Fund partnered to establish the Sernick Emerging Farmers Programme, Good Things Guy reports.
Briefly.co.za learned that the programme has a funding pool of R502.6million and will benefit approximately 660 farmers.
The recruited farmers will undergo farming and cash-flow training accredited by the Skills Education Training Authorities (SETA).
They will also have a chance to exchange their old stock for higher quality cattle that are more lucrative on the market.
About 50 of the farmers who reach commercial viability will also get a chance to own shares in Sernick Wholesale, which will be established as a new company.
The project is based on Sernick's successful pilot project implemented recently in which 59 emerging farmers benefitted.
The beneficiaries, who haven't received any government support, have hailed the project. One of them said:
As a black emerging farmer what I’ve realised is that we need each other, both white and black farmers.
My message to upcoming farmers in South Africa is unity! Working together and holding hands, and together they can be able to achieve and can make South Africa sustainable in food security.
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