Want to farm? Here’s how you can get state land!

Government has just advertised more than 800 farms available for 30-year leases. Photo: Supplied

Applications have officially opened for farmers who wish to lay their hands on one of the 896 underutilized or vacant state farms that are now being released for agricultural purposes.

The farms measure about 700 000 hectares and is available in all provinces except the Western Cape and Gauteng. Thoko Didiza, the minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development, says these farms are released as part of government’s land reform programme.

On offer is a 30-year leasehold with an option to buy to all successful applicants. This form of leasehold, acknowledges Didiza, places certain obligations on the state as the landlord while the beneficiaries will have to manage, maintain and grow the assets that they are receiving from government.

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Are you eligible to receive land?

Thoko Didiza, the minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development. Photo: Polity

To be eligible, potential lessees must meet the following criteria:

STATE LAND: Click here for the official application form

Mandatory documents

Follow these steps to apply

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