Nguni project: to take off

2011-04-01 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL’S controversial Nguni livestock programme is finally lifting off the ground with the help of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC).

Agriculture MEC Lydia Johnson said the IDC was brought on as a partner following its successful implementation of a similar programme in other provinces.

Through this partnership the department will identify beneficiaries with potential to operate a sustainable Nguni programme.

Opposition parties noted that, like the Nguni programme, there was an impressive array of projects proposed by the department. However, they recalled that millions were spent on maize, bean and mushroom projects in the past, without any evidence, for example, that beans were actually planted. The IFP’s Henry Combrinck told the portfolio committee that to ensure this does not reoccur, there must be more on site visits.

Sufficient proof that the department’s mushroom project is thriving was evident in guests’ lunches of the delicacy — both crumbed and stir-fried. — WR.

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