n South African Journal of Agricultural Extension - Experiences and perceptions of black small-scale irrigation farmers in the Free State

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0301-603X
  • E-ISSN: 2413-3221


Nine focus group interviews with black small-scale irrigation farmers in the Free State, applying the principles of Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), revealed that this sector of agriculture is confronted with numerous constraints and obstacles. They need considerable land, funding, extension, marketing and credit services, and more than just a sympathetic ear from the authorities. Although they are highly motivated to become prosperous farmers, unless they are heavily supported by extensionists and receive aid from the government, the dream of revitalising, expanding and strengthening this sector, will be shattered.

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