The Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA) has secured R113 million from the Development Bank of Southern Africa Jobs Fund for forestry projects. ECDRA was established to facilitate the implementation of High Impact Priority Projects (HIPS) including forestry plantation development. The Agency is now looking for a forestry sector... Read more
Rural cattle stock farmers get boost with the delivery of 100 bonsmara cattle 3 December 2010 – Cattle farmers in Elliot in the former Transkei received a “commercial” boost last week on Friday when rural development agency AsgiSA Eastern Cape (EC) loaned 102 bonsmara and beef master bulls to 38... Read more
  San Miguel, Argentina’s largest lemon producer, is to add an additional 300 hectares to the River Bend Citrus farm near Addo that it bought last year. River Bend Citrus has been in operation for several years. The Draft Environmental Impact Assessment Report for the project has now been... 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
A number of wind farms in the Eastern Cape are among those who were successful bidders when the Department of Energy released the names of the 19 companies who had been selected following the second window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme. Nine solar photovoltaic bidders with... Read more
Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti will hand over seven farms to 70 beneficiaries of Government’s Land Reform Programme at Lady Grey on Friday. The Department said in a statement today that Government had invested more than R30 million in the seven farms in the Joe Gqabi... Read more
A total of R79 million has been spent by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in cooperation with the provincial government on the revitalisation of irrigation schemes in the Eastern Cape since the 2008/09 financial year. Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Petterssen has told the National Assembly... Read more
The Draft Scoping Report has been released for public comment for the planned fertiliser plant on a farm straddling the boundary between the Metro and the Sunday’s River Valley Municipality. Die Boeram Venter Trust plans to compost poultry manure to produce fertiliser. The first phase of the R11.7 million... Read more
Construction of a red meat abattoir outside Queenstown costing R17 million and a R7.6 million poultry abattoir in Grahamstown would start next month, Rural Development and Agrarian Reform MEC Zola Capa has told the Bhisho Legislature. Delivering her Policy Speech, the MEC said the efficiency of the Mthatha abattoir... Read more
Nelson Mandela Bay has “more than a 95% chance” of clinching a dairy industry investment that will see the construction of two factories producing cheese and condensed milk. A report to the Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture Committee states that the capital investment for the project will be R193... Read more