2021-w2803 - 22 December 2021

Noko Phineas Masipa to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What is the (a) extent of the commonage land in the North West and (b) current usage of the commonage land; whether the commonage land has water rights to allow farming to take place; if not, what steps will her department take to ensure that there are water rights; if so, what are the relevant details; whether there are farming activities taking place on the commonage land; if not, why not; if so, what farming activities are taking place on the parcels of land; whether she will provide Mr N P Masipa with the relevant information regarding (a) commonage land that has been invaded and (b) the action(s) that were taken regarding the situation; if not, why not; if so, by what date? NW3323E

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 22 Dec 2021

 

(1) (a) 17 945,6863 hectares.

(b) The current usage of the land is for crop, livestock production and settlement.

The commonage land belongs to different municipalities and they will assist the beneficiaries should the need for water rights arises.

Yes. Please refer to Annexure A.

No. There are no reports of any invasion of commonage land that has been reported to the Department ...

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2021-w2766 - 22 December 2021

Mothusi Kenneth Montwedi to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

How has her department contributed to organic farming in the past three financial years?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 22 Dec 2021

 

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) provides technical support and advice to the organic farming sector. This include cultivation practices, pests and disease control and post-harvest handling practices. Provincial departments of agriculture provide financial support to farmers through the Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme (CASP) and Ilima/ Letsema conditional grants.

Organic farming has great potential in terms of economic growth ...

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2021-w2701 - 22 December 2021

Noko Phineas Masipa to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What is the (a) extent of the commonage land in the Eastern Cape and (b) current usage of the commonage land; whether the commonage land has water rights to allow farming to take place; if not, what steps will her department take to ensure that there are water rights; if so, what are the relevant details; whether there are farming activities taking place on the commonage land; if not, why not; if so, what farming activities are taking place on the parcels of land; whether she will furnish Mr N P Masipa with the relevant information regarding (a) commonage land that has been invaded and (b) the action(s) that were taken regarding the situation; if not, why not; if so, by what date? NW3214E

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 22 Dec 2021

(1) (a) 57 406, 6707 hectares.

(b) The current usage of the land is for livestock, crop production, and settlement.

  1. The commonage land belongs to different municipalities and they will assist the beneficiaries should the need for water rights arises.
  1. Yes. Please refer to Annexure A.
  1. No. There are no reports of any invasion of commonage land that has been reported to the Department ...
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2021-w2521 - 13 December 2021

Annette Steyn to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether her department received any funding from any external sources to assist with the aftermath of the KwaZulu-Natal riots that took place in July 2021; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what amount, (b) from which (i) country and/or (ii) entity and (c) what (i) was funding used for and/or (ii) will it be used for?

2021-w2307 - 13 December 2021

Noko Phineas Masipa to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether she will furnish Mr N P Masipa with a detailed progress update regarding the blended finance which includes the (a) contracts that the entities reporting to her have entered into in order to provide the blended finance support and (b) details of funding provided to farmers through the programme?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 13 Dec 2021

Yes.

a) The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) has signed agreements to implement blended finance with Land Bank and the Industrial Development Cooperation (IDC).

  • The 1st Memorandum of Agreements (MOA) made and entered into between the former Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and Land Bank was signed on March 2018;
  • The 2nd one was a tripartite that was ...
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2021-w2414 - 13 December 2021

Noko Phineas Masipa to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What are the details of (a) the progress made with locust outbreak control operations in the Northern Cape since 2020, (b) the service providers who were responsible for the locust outbreak control operation and (c) the total cost of the operation; (2) whether the service providers were paid within 30 days; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 13 Dec 2021

(1)(a) The Department worked with Organised Agriculture and appointed Locust Control Contractors. Organised Agriculture submitted the names of the people to be appointed as locust control contractors for each locust district. All appointed Locust Control Contractors were trained and supplied with insecticide, spray pumps and protective clothing. Reimbursement of the Locus Control Contractors was informed by number of days worked and distance travelled.

The ...

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2021-w2591 - 13 December 2021

Noko Phineas Masipa to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

What is the (a) extent of the commonage land in the Western Cape and (b) current usage of the commonage land; (2) whether the commonage land has any water rights to allow farming to take place; if not, what steps will her department take to ensure that there are water rights; if so, what are the relevant details; (3) whether there are farming activities taking place on the commonage land; if not, why not; if so, what farming activities are taking place on the pieces of land; (4) whether she will furnish Mr N P Masipa with the relevant information regarding (a) land that has been invaded and (b) the action(s) that were taken regarding the situation; if not, why not; if so, by what date?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 13 Dec 2021

(1)(a) The extent of the commonage land in the Western Cape is 8 617,0442 hectares.

(b) The current usage of the land is for horticulture, crop, and livestock farming.

(2),(3) Please refer to Annexure A.

4. Yes.

  • a) The land that has been invaded is Erf 3617 in Citrusdal in Clanwilliam Registration Division measuring 87,4921 hectares and which is under the ownership of Cederberg ...
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2021-w2281 - 01 December 2021

Manketsi Mamoabi Emily Tlhape to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

In view of her announcement on 1 October 2020 that 700 000 hectares of underutilised land which translated to 896 farms were to be redistributed, what (a) progress has been made in this regard and (b) steps has her department taken to ensure that the specified farms will not lay fallow and beneficiaries are assisted to start farming right away?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 1 Dec 2021

a) There are 1 535 farms amounting to 691 523 hectares of agricultural state land that were identified for redistribution of which currently a total of 1 421 farms amounting to 650 550 hectares translating to 91% have been approved for allocation to various categories of beneficiaries.

b) The support to these farmers with production inputs and other agricultural inputs will commence in the ...

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2021-w2331 - 01 December 2021

Cheryl Phillips to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

1. With reference to her reply to question 798 on 24 March 2021, specifically with reference to the draft Animal Welfare Bill, (a) what are the reasons that her department did not (i) follow the parliamentary process of issuing a Green Paper, followed by a White Paper, enabling interested parties to give comments, suggestions and ideas regarding the draft Animal Welfare Bill and (ii) initiate a public participation process and (b) at what stage in the process does her department intend to do so; (2) how has her department taken into account the welfare recommendations of the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment High Level Panel regarding the management of lion, elephant, rhino and leopard, which was accepted by Cabinet; (3) whether her department involved the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment in the drafting of the draft Animal Welfare Bill; if not, why not; if so, what are the full relevant details of such involvement; (4) whether the National Council of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) has been involved in the drafting of the Animal Welfare Bill; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the full relevant details of such involvement and (b) which other animal welfare organisations have been involved in the drafting of the Animal Welfare Act?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 1 Dec 2021

(1) As responded to in March 2021, the proposed Animal Welfare Bill has not been introduced to Parliament due to reasons advanced in the response. The Bill is still in its infancy and currently only an internal departmental (DALRRD and Provincial Departments of Agriculture) document. The department will not extend the process of drafting the proposed Animal Welfare Bill as far back as Green ...

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2021-w2093 - 17 November 2021

Noko Phineas Masipa to ask the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Whether she will provide the relevant details of contracted agents and/or middlemen with regard to a R1,2 billion intervention package; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details; (2) whether she is aware of inflated prices and that middlemen are charging 25% commission on the vouchers; if not, by what date will she institute an audit into the middlemen; if so, what steps has she taken in this regard?

Reply from the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development on 17 Nov 2021

1. Yes. The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) had contracted two hundred and fifty-eight (258) suppliers with regards to intervention package through the Presidential Employment Stimulus Initiative (PESI) project. Farmers were also assisted in a form of vouchers up to a maximum of R 50 000.

2. No. DALRRD decided to put benchmark prices on all items that were in the ...

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