GEORGE NEWS FLASH - Emerging farmers of the Eden District who have been waiting to receive new tractors and implements stored at the Outeniqua Experimental farm for distribution among them, will have to wait a little while longer.
The George Herald reported last week that farming equipment to the value of R4,86-million had been acquired by the national Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) for 17 emerging farms in the district.
At van Coller, director of infrastructure support at DAFF, commented that the last tractor had only been delivered in November last year: "The registration of the tractors has not yet been done, because the e-Natis system now requires that tractors and trailers have to be marked with laser identification before they can be registered. This was not a requirement at the time the tenders were issued. It is currently being organised and as soon as it is done, the tractors can be registered. It also takes time to register new suppliers on the pay system."
Read more in Thursday's George Herald, and online.