MBABANE: Eswatini National Agricultural Union ( ESNAU) has secured E1.6million grant from the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) to assist farmers recover from the impact of COVID-19.
The fund is targeted at a total of 1870 individual producers who are participating in the production of maize, beans, vegetables, and pigs. Speaking to this Swaziland News, Nokuphiwa Pothole, the communications officer for ESNAU said all farmers are eligible to apply and priority will be given to maize and beans producers.
“We are delighted to receive such support from IFAD. Farmers need resources to be able to produce. All farmers are eligible to apply. We have given priority to maize and beans producers. ESNAU is going to contribute E500-00 for each of 1486 maize producers. Each producer will be expected to contribute E2500-00 to make the required amount of E3000 for the subsidy. Beans producers will be expected to contribute E3400-00 to make the required amount of E4000-00 for the subsidy,” said the communications officer.
This project will run in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Southern African Confederation OF Agricultural Unions (SACAU) over a period of 15 months. ESNAU is going to assist maize and beans producers to access the Government Input Subsidy at the National Maize Corporation (NMC)
Farmers to be assisted in the midst of COVID-19 impact