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The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) in partnership with Statistics SA is embarking on a producer/farmer register campaign.  The campaign will see the collection of statistics on commercial and non-commercial farmers.  The campaign was launched in 2018 and will run until 2021.


The actual collection of data is planned to start on 01 April 2019 through Extension Officers in all provinces. Statistics on commercial farmers will be collected through a Census of Commercial Agriculture (CoCA) and statistics on non-commercial farmers will be collected through the DAFF Producer/Farmer Register.


The Producer/Farmer Register was established to improve the inaccurate and/or misrepresented statistics of farmers in the non-commercial sector, i.e. smallholder farmers, across the country.


  1. What is the Producer/Farmer Register campaign (PFR)?

The PFR is the statistical data collection on smallholder farmers, in which information on the demography of farms and farmers, production activities, as well as infrastructure is gathered across South Africa.


  1. Who is included the PFR?

Smallholder farmers are included in this campaign. Most of these farmers are under-resourced and the majority are found in the rural areas. They produce mainly for household consumption and even though they sell to the local market, it is not on a sustainable basis.


There are different levels of capacity of these farmers, based on income and size of production. Some do very well and are near commercial in their business activities, while some are struggling and produce mainly for household food consumption. The PFR will also include smallholder producers in the forestry and fisheries sectors.


  1. Why must smallholder farmers take part in the PFR?

Government needs to plan based on evidence-based information, in order to provide service delivery to the relevant beneficiaries. Farmers will benefit from registering in the PFR because:

  • They will be able to receive the necessary support and benefits will come to those who need them.
  • They can be easily identified for different industry initiatives and benefits.


Gathering accurate and reliable information from farmers will do away with waste of resources and poor service delivery. If the farming environment cannot be measured, it cannot be managed. Therefore, farmers are requested to cooperate with extension officers the questions asked for government to be able to get accurate details of farms and farmers.


  1. How will the PFR unfold?

The Producer/Farmer Register data collection will be done by Extension Officers who will be provided with data collection devices to capture all data. The devices will be used to gather the information, which will be stored in the Producer/Farmer Register system. This information will be collected through face-to-face interviews with farmers, who will be identified through provincial and district offices.


The PFR will run from 2018 to 2021. Data collection will take place in 2019.


  1. Is the PFR linked to the current debate on the expropriation of land without compensation?

It should be noted that this project has no link whatsoever to the current debate on expropriation of land without compensation.


  1. What is the role of DAFF officials in this campaign?

To spread the message on the department’s producer/farmer register campaign in their communities and to encourage smallholder farmers to participate in the collection of data through the local Extension Officers.


  1. When will officials be updated on the progress of the campaign?

The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will officially release the report ceremoniously to the public on a date to be announced.


  1. Who is the contact person for more information on this campaign?

Queries can be sent via email; or telephonically on 012 319 8454 or 012 319 8042


  1. Where can one access the data/report after it is released?

The report will be available at


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