Afasa calls for a separate agri youth fund, Farmersweekly.co.za – Farmers Weekly
Existing financing models aimed at rural youth development in agriculture, were ineffective and not serving the needs of the youth.
This was according to the African Farmers’ Association of South Africa’s (Afasa) youth wing, which has called on the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and the National Treasury to initiate what it called an agri youth development fund. According to Outlwile Maselwanyana, North West Afasa youth co-ordinator, such a fund would provide tailor-made funding models suited to agriculture.
He said funding models by organisations such as the National Youth Development Fund (NYDA), which focused on small projects, were not working for agriculture. “They focus more on arts and crafts in the rural areas,” said Maselwanyana. The NYDA was only providing grants of up to R100 000, which could never be sufficient for farming, he said, adding that the NYDA was not accessible to rural youth.