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The Farmer Support and Development Programme encompasses the broad development agenda of the Department of Agriculture, meaning that the design and implementation are predominantly for supporting black farmers in the Western Cape Province but does not exclude the commercial sector. This support to beneficiaries ranges from land reform to institutional capacity building. Given that the predominant need for the development of an equitable and diverse agricultural sector has been identified, 80% of the budget will be utilised to build the capacity of the historically disadvantaged communities and individuals. The commercial sector employs more than 200 000 people and therefore 20% of budget will be allocated to support this sector.

The purpose of the programme is:

Advertorial on accessing agricultural support services

A notice to inform interested parties on how the Provincial Department of Agriculture, Western Cape extends its services to the public by providing support to farmers through its new commodity focused approach was published recently. Read more about our services to the Western Cape farmers and find the attached forms here.

The full notice can be downloaded here: Afrikaans | English

CASP Grant Framework 2011 : download here
Request Form for assistance - Subsistence Agricultural Projects : download here
Request Form for assistance - Small Holder or Commercial Agricultural Projects : download here


The FSD programme provides extension, support and facilitation of training to farmers, with special emphasis on developing of emerging farmers, implementation of land reform programmes and agricultural rural development projects.

Farmer Settlement

To support sustainable land and agrarian reform projects through the provision of planning and settlement support services.

Extension and Advisory Services

To provide extension and advisory services to farmers to increase production for commercial markets.

Food Security

To facilitate access to affordable and diverse food through agricultural projects to contribute to the Millennium Development Goals.

Casidra (Pty) Ltd

To suppport the Department with project implementation and state farm management.

FSD Contact List

FSD Contact List can be downloaded here.

Grants and Funding

The FSD programme is responsible for the administration of CASP (Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme) and ILIMA LETSEMA grant funding

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