New direction for KZN agriculture

2016-10-19 06:00
Inkosi Mchunu from eMachunwini Umsinga during discussions. Photo: Mbuyiselo Ndlovu

Inkosi Mchunu from eMachunwini Umsinga during discussions. Photo: Mbuyiselo Ndlovu

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AN extensive wide consultative process with various key stakeholders in KZN has been initiated by MEC Mthembu to heighten agricultural activities both in terms of subsistence farming to be beneficial to poor communities. Food security remains a critical pillar in a province that has majority poor households in rural and semi-urban areas.

Part of this consultative process is for making policy reviews that may ensure that various forms of departmental assistance for our people to engage in various forms of agricultural activities using available land to ameliorate the vicissitudes of poverty and hunger.
As we approach the planting season, part of the interventions will include availing seeds, tractors, manures and other inputs.

A strategic programme for a “new generation of black farmers” and agriculturalists with a particular focus on youth and women will be developed as part of the new policy pillar.

“We cannot break the racial glass ceiling of agricultural value-chain ownership, management and control unless government take a radical lead to change these patterns in a dynamic and strategic way using policy instruments and resources in its foothold,” said Mthembu.

The MEC has consulted with traditional leaders to establish structural relationships for rural communities’ and farming and has met all district mayors to establish a working relationship in their areas on agriculture.

- Khaye Nkwanyana: Media Liaison Officer.

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