Cannabis cultivator Medigrow locates to Coega 
Cannabis cultivator Medigrow is located in the Coega Special Economic Zone in Gqeberha. Established in 2017, Medigrow has established 14 medicinal cannabis farms across the country. Medigrow’s newest facility, located in Zone 3 of the Coega SEZ, positions the Eastern Cape as the Cannabis industrial hub of South Africa. ... Read more
New board for Magwa Tea Estate
The largest tea estate in the Southern Hemisphere, Magwa Enterprise Tea (MET) which was until recently led by an interim Board, has announced the appointment of a Board of Directors for a three-year period with effect from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2024. Located in the Wild Coast... Read more
R11 million for RED hubs
The Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA) has set aside R11 million in the 2021/22 financial year which is aimed at transforming its four grain-producing Rural Enterprise Development (Red) Hubs into aggregation centres. This means the Red Hubs located in Mqanduli, Ncora, Emalahleni and Mbizana will diversify their operations... Read more
Funding bonanza for Komani Fresh Market, Chris Hani Co-ops
The Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) presented landmark multimillion-rand support to Komani’s agro-processing packhouse in Cacadu Town (Lady Frere) on Friday. The R15 million funding for the packhouse was made possible through the Provincial Economic Stimulus Fund. Another five co-operatives from the Chris Hani District... Read more
BAT supports EC tobacco operation
The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) has injected a further R500 000 into an exciting tobacco production operation which has been expanded to 10 hectares in Balfour outside Fort Beaufort in the Kat River Valley. Backed by British American Tobacco (BAT), the tobacco operation is owned by the five-member Khatala... Read more
SADC should push for industrial growth
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) needs to continue pushing for industrial growth and development in the region, says President Cyril Ramaphosa. With the help of the private sector, the region must also put special focus on developing skills in agro-processing, mineral beneficiation, energy and pharmaceuticals. This will enable... Read more
SA companies to show off wares at Ghana Trade Fair
Local companies are set to partake in the Ghana International Trade Fair that gets underway later this week. A group of 20 South African companies specialising in agro-processing, chemicals, clothing and textiles, forestry furniture, creative industries, built environment and capital equipment will exhibit their products and services at the... Read more
Coega, dti encourage investment in the agro-processing sector
The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) and the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) conducted a workshop at the Coega Business Centre last week which was attended by more than 20 companies from the Agriculture/Agro-processing sector in the Eastern Cape. The workshop, held at the CDC Business Centre, focused on... Read more
50-50 policy for upskilling farmworkers approved
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 farmworkers to become farm owners. The Minister said this when answering questions in the National Assembly on Wednesday. African... Read more
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana has commended a farming project, which harnesses the power of the sun to grow vegetables. The Minister visited the SUNfarming project, situated at the North West University in Potchefstroom, on Tuesday. The solar powered vegetable growing project was born from a partnership... Read more
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