Today, I launched the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) Western Cape’s Producer/Farmer Register (PFR) at the Western Cape Department’s research farm, Langgewens, outside Malmesbury.
Measuring agricultural performance
The establishment of the Producer/Farmer Register for the Western Cape will assist the province to establish a baseline from which agricultural performance can be measured, provide credible data on the number of smallholder farmers, their geographic location and agricultural activities whilst assisting in the development of performance indicators.
The Western Cape Department of Agriculture embraces the project and will drive registration of farmers through our extension and advisory services advisors as we believe that a credible, reliable database will improve the quality of the support and services government renders to the sector. We will also be re-assigning ten graduate interns to strengthen extension capacity to be able to deliver the project by the 31 March 2020.
Unlocking future government services
The register will establish an up-to-date frame of reference for conducting agricultural sector surveys in the province, track the impact of agricultural support to beneficiaries in agriculture and inform the development of strategies to help producers overcome the challenges related to natural disasters. It will also assist with the planning and allocation of resources for smallholder development in the sector.
I encourage all farmers to participate in the registration drive as registration is the key to unlocking future government services.
The project which will run from 2019 to 2021 will result in data on all smallholder as well as commercial farmers being registered through the Producer/Farmer Register. – Dr Ivan Meyer, Western Cape Government