The Rural Development Department says its committed in supporting the sugar industry especially low scale farmers.

The Department together with South African Farmers Development Association hosted a farewell ceremony for 50 cadets that will go to the Free State for training in Mt. Egdecombe, north of Durban yesterday.

Chief Director of Rural Development in the province Nhlanhla Mndaweni says they signed a memorandum of understanding , after the severe drought in 2015 because they saw SAFDA as organisation that can develop black sugar farmers during trying times.

Meanwhile SAFDA Chairperson Dr. Siyabonga Madlala says the event had two milestones , because the farmers will now have no burden in buying the fertilizers , since they are the recipients of R96 million in this ploughing season.

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