This paper evaluates the extension and training element of the FSP as implemented in the farmer support programmes of Venda and Lebowa. The importance and contribution of extension and training in the success of the programme can be judged from this paper. The general conclusion of the paper is that extension and training play an important role in FSPs. They are closely associated with increased production. However, to what extent it contributed towards increased production remains a point of contention. Some analysts and observers argue that only the rural elite has access to FSP related services. Results from the analysis in the paper, however, show that comparable households achieve higher yields when they get appropriate extension. Training and extension thus at least partly contribute to higher maize yields in FSP areas.