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Young South African farmers encouraged to carry on despite struggles

The Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Buti Manamela, in South Africa has encouraged young farmers to soldier on despite the difficulties they face.

The Deputy Minister on Friday addressed the eighth edition of #BackChat, hosted by his ministry in Polokwane, Limpopo. The #BackChat sessions are a platform for youth to interact with government on matters that affect their lives and the country's development.

He assured young farmers attending the session that he will assist them by taking their concerns to the relevant institutions.

"Let us keep moving forward. Let us not be discouraged. We will finally succeed," Deputy Minister Manamela told young farmers, who have been encountering difficulties in accessing official assistance.

The Deputy Minister said he is impressed by the young farmers, who are contributing to the country's economy.

#BackChat sessions are hosted by the Presidency to engage youth, get their views and take good suggestions forward for implementation.

During the discussions, the young farmers dispelled the myth that agriculture is an industry for uneducated individuals, who do not require proper training. Many young farmers expressed concern over the lack of access to finance, land and agricultural training. They appealed to government to intervene by providing education and skills training in farming.

Publication date: 9/12/2017


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