WESTERN CAPE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

The Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme (CASP) is a national governmental initiative, which was established in the year 2003. The aim of the programme is to support provincial departments of agriculture (PDAs) to create a favourable environment for emerging farmers and to expand provision of support services for the development of agriculture. CASP has six pillars: information and knowledge management, technical and advisory assistance, and regulatory services; training and capacity building; marketing and business development; on-farm and off farm infrastructure and production inputs; and financial assistance through the Micro-Agricultural Financial Institution of South Africa (MAFISA).

CASP is currently being administered under the Farmer Support and Development Directorate of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, in association with its governmental implementation partner, CASIDRA (Pty) Ltd.   The FSD programme is centred around the six above mentioned priority areas of CASP to ensure that farmers are empowered to effectively manage their farming enterprises. It was identified that providing land and capital is not enough. Continuous extension services and assistance should rather be provided to farmers to ensure they manage these funding mechanisms obtained from national government in a more ordinal manner.

Potential Beneficiaries

Agriculture related projects that include vulnerable communities in the Western Cape, according to the following four levels:

  1. The hungry and the malnourished
  2. Household food security and subsistence
  3. Farm and business level activity
  4. Agricultural macro-system: consumer and economics environment

Application Requirements for CASP Assistance

  1. It must be a land reform initiative.
  2. It must contribute to food security
  3. The project must have a minimum lease agreement of five years (at the date of application), as a food security project.
  4. It must have a minimum lease agreement of nine years and eleven months (at the date of application) as a commercial project.
  5. Projects that benefit women, youth and disabled persons are prioritised.
  6. Projects that have the potential to enhance job creation are prioritised.
  7. Projects must have the potential to become economically viable and sustainable.
  8. Projects should demonstrate the potential impact of the grant on the viability of the project.

Application Process for CASP Assistance

  1. A CASP request form can be obtained from any of the below mentioned district offices of the Provincial Department of Agriculture. It is important to ensure that a completed CASP request form and a detailed business plan be handed in to your nearest provincial district office.
  2. This will ensure that your project is registered at the district office. This serves as a recommendation for the application process.
  3. It is important that the detailed business plan outlines the financial needs of the business entity.

Funding Threshold

  1. The Western Cape Department of Agriculture serves the right to allocate the funding in accordance with its own discretion and the availability thereof.
  2. Please note that the approved funding will not be directly disbursed to the business entity, but that the funding will be administered by the governmental implementation agency CASIDRA (Pty) Ltd and commodity formations.

Contact details

District

Town

Address

Contact Number

Head Office

Stellenbosch

Muldersvlei Road, Elsenburg, Stellenbosch

(021) 808-5112

Garden Route

George

Outeniqua Research Farm, Old Airport Road

(044) 803-3713

Little Karoo

Oudtshoorn

PO Box 351, Oudtshoorn, 6620

044 242 6077

Central Karoo

Beaufort West

104 Bird Street, Beaufort West

(023) 415-3134

Overberg

Bredasdorp

Albert Myberg Hostel, Golf Street, Bredasdorp

(028) 424-1439

Cape Winelands

Stellenbosch

4th Floor, ABSA Building, Plein Street, Stellenbosch

(021) 883-2562

Cape Metropole

Goodwood

Goulbourn center

C/o Voortrekker& Goulbourn road,

Goodwood

(021) 483 7785

North West Coast

Vredendal

PO Box 130, Vredendal, 8160

C/o Matzikama and Noordweg Street, Vredendal,

027 213 2000

Swartland

Moorreesburg

42 Lang Street, Moorreesburg

(022) 433-2330

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