PESI Grants Program Application for South Africans 2024

PESI Grants

Welcome to this post about PESI Grants Program Application for South Africans in 2024, via Afrokonnect.

Applications for a second phase of PESI grants have been opened by the South African minister of Agriculture Thoko Didiza.

Subsistence producers are invited to submit their application for financial support ranging between R1 000 and R12 000,

The PESI program aims to address unemployment and to help sustain self-employment for subsistence producers.

In the second phase, government hopes to help no fewer than 50 000 subsistence producers,

This figure is over and above the 88 251 subsistence producers currently approved for support.

51 559 subsistence producers were supported during the first phase of PESI and 36 692 subsistence producers received Solidarity Fund support, according to the department.

PESI Grants Application 2024 Target Audience

According to department spokesperson Reggie Ngcobo, the support is aimed at vulnerable individuals and groups, of whom 50% will be women, 40% young people and 6% people with disabilities.

Child-headed households, farm dwellers, farmworkers and military veterans will also be prioritized for support through this initiative and are encouraged to apply” Ngcobo said.

“Subsistence producers must note that the type and quantities of support provided will be limited to the commodity applied for, and the size of the current operation physically verified on site.”

Meanwhile, group applicants are encouraged to approach their local department offices for registration,

An extension staff member will confirm farming activities of these group community applications.

“Consideration of group applicants under a village will have a farming area-based funding, as these will be supported by business profiles. These allocations could be higher than the earmarked R12 000,” Ngcobo pointed out.

PESI Grants Application 2024 Minimum Qualifying Criteria

The following criteria have to be met in order for applications to be considered:

  • Applicants should be 18 years old or older;
  • have a valid South African ID;
  • must not be employed in the public service or by a state-owned entity;
  • Applicants must currently be actively involved in agricultural production; and
  • Finally, must not have received DALRRD support in the current financial year.

Applicants should note that only one application per household will be permitted and processed,

Specific targeted commodities that will be supported include vegetables, grains (maize and soybean), sugarcane, cotton, poultry and livestock.


How to Apply for The PESI Grants 2024

PESI Grants Program Application for South Africans

Application forms are now accessible via cell phone,

Subsistence farmers are invited to submit their applications through the USSD Code *134*4536#, which will be active from today,

The code, the department says, works irrespective of the cell phone network, the principle of first come, first served will apply per province.


  1. M Reshoketswe maluleke, m 29 years old. M in mokopane Tshamahansi village. Doing poultry farming. I’ve 200 chickens, I would like to be one of those to receive pesi Voucher to grow my business.

  2. Precious Sthabile Nzimande Precious Sthabile Nzimande

    Hi my name is Sthabile Nzimande Kwazulu Natal in Portshepstone. Ive 50 chickens and I plant crops can you please help me with voucher
    Please contact me of possible

  3. I’m is Innocentia Mogale for Tembisa I’m farm we don’t have equipment for farming please help me with vouchers

  4. Fhulufhelo Calfonia Fhulufhelo Calfonia

    Hi I’m Gumbu Calfonia from Gumbu village Limpopo I’m in need of voucher

  5. I want to know when the application of will open agai


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