Agrarian reform key to inclusive economic growth
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says concerted action must be taken to speed up reforms in the agriculture sector so that more marginalised people can be brought into the mainstream economy. “It is productivity growth in agriculture that provides the food supply to meet the demands of urban growth and... Read more
50-50 policy upskilling farm workers
Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti says his department has entered into an agreement with the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to help farm workers to become farm owners. The Minister said this when answering questions in the National Assembly on Wednesday.... Read more
Poultry market conditions improving
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies says market conditions in the poultry industry appear to be improving. Answering questions at the National Assembly on Wednesday, the Minister said his department had not had further production closures or lay-offs in recent times following concerns that the sector was under threat... Read more
GOVERNMENT is set to fast-track the transformation of the agriculture sector by increasing the number of black commercial farmers. This will ensure ownership and control of the agricultural value chain by previously disadvantaged groups. “Specific attention will be given to the development of 450 large scale, black commercial farmers,”... Read more
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Senzeni Zokwana says government is working tirelessly to assist poultry farms that have been shut down due to illegal brown meat dumping. The Minister said this when Ministers in the Economic Cluster appeared in the National Assembly to field oral questions. He said there... Read more
26-02-2016 – The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) continues to play a pivotal role in the establishment and growth of the honeybush tea industry through research and development since 1993. An event to celebrate the ARC’s research achievements on honeybush was held this week in Stellenbosch, Western Cape. The highlight... Read more
13-08-2014 -Development financier, the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC), late last month signed a co-operation agreement with a large Argentinean consortium, A & G International, which should lead to the massive production of 25 000 hectares of soybeans byand other grains for biofuels, human consumption and animal feed in the... Read more
17-02-2014 -A second broiler facility planned for the Eastern Cape in the Sundays River Valley Municipality plans to construct 12 broiler houses and rear between 480 000 and 600 000 in 12 houses at any one time. The proposal, for which the Final Basic Assessment Report has been submitted... Read more
26-09-2012 – Development financier the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) says plans are underway to increase the five hectare (ha) bamboo pilot in Ndakana village outside East London to 105 hectares by the end of the year. At the forefront of championing the bamboo industry in the country, ECDC’s... Read more
      The Eastern Cape development financier Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC), together with its partner, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) intends to launch a national bamboo industrial body on 18 September this year. The day marks the celebration of the third World Bamboo Day which aims to... Read more