The government would spend more than R7 billion on conditional grants to provinces to support about 435 000 subsistence and 54 500 smallholder farmers, Pravin Gordhan said yesterday. The government was also developing an agricultural policy action plan to support the National Development Plan’s target of creating 1 million farming jobs by 2030. “To boost domestic food production and reduce reliance on imports, the Fetsa Tlala initiative aims to bring an additional 1 million hectares into cultivation by 2019, creating 300 000 jobs,” Gordhan said. AgriSA senior economist Dawie Maree said the farmer lobby was supportive of the policy action plan. – Nompumelelo Magwaza.