Terms tightened after millions poured into unsuccessful small-scale schemes
Aspiring farmers hoping for a cash boost from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality will have to work harder to get even a cent from the city as it now wants business plans and a host of other reports before giving the go ahead.
This comes after it emerged that the metro had poured R16-million into food garden and small-scale farming projects over an 11-year period and a large number of them had failed. A third of the agricultural programmes funded between 2003 and 2014 are not functional.
The municipality wants a complete overhaul of its agricultural emerging farming projects, saying it cannot keep throwing money into a sinking hole.
Economic development, tourism and agriculture political head Andrew Whitfield said the metro would review the process of supporting emerging farmers.
“We need to ensure that not only the municipality but also the beneficiaries get value,” he said.
“What are we doing to support the sustainability of these projects at the entry point?
“Are we asking for business plans?
“We need to have what I would call ordinary compliance to give us confidence that when we allocate funding to a project, both parties will get value.
“My view is that we can’t allocate funding forever but, at the same time, we can’t stop funding unless we have taken measures to ensure sustainability.
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