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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 is to enhance Land Reform through institutional capacity building. Given that the predominant need for the development of an equitable and diverse agricultural sector has been identified, a large part of the budget will be utilised to build the capacity of the historically disadvantaged communities and individuals flowing from the Land Reform programmes.

The Purpose of the Programme FSD is to:

Advertorial on accessing agricultural support services

A notice to inform interested parties on how the Western Cape Department of Agriculture extends its services to the public by providing support to farmers through its commodity focused approach which is published periodically. 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
Agricultural enterprises of the Western Cape (Map)


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

Farmer Settlement & Development
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 and improve access to markets.

Food Security
To facilitate access to affordable and diverse food through agricultural projects to contribute to the Food and Nutrition Security Policy.

Casidra (Pty) Ltd
To support 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.