IFP calls for responsible investments in agriculture

2016-05-14 10:15
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Pretoria - The IFP is calling for responsible investment in agriculture to eradicate hunger and poverty in KwaZulu-Natal.

“The Inkatha Freedom Party in KwaZulu-Natal calls for a significant increase in responsible investments in agriculture to eradicate hunger and poverty in our province in view of the unemployment statistics which showed that 355 000 jobs were lost in the first quarter of 2016,” said Nhlanhla Msimango, IFP provincial MPL and Agriculture committee member.

“Agriculture is a potential solution to unemployment. Job creation in agriculture will lead to income generation without much demand for specialised skills impartation.”

He said efforts needed to be concentrated on assisting farmers to overcome the drought and get their farms operational again.

Msimango said farmers are key players in the rural environment and they possessed potential for generating added value both in terms of economic development and in guaranteeing food security.

Supportive environment

“Agricultural investment has long shown itself to be one of the most effective and sustainable means for reducing hunger and poverty. Special attention should be paid to smallholding farmers, who need support to overcome the challenges that prevent them from producing more food, saving and investing in their future,” he said.

Msimango added that farmers needed a supportive environment that makes agriculture attractive for investments. He said they should be getting support from the provincial government department and access to good infrastructure, public services and information in rural areas.

“Despite all the valuable employment and job creation opportunities, the appreciation of agriculture by the youth as a potential area of employment is still very low. Along with the projects run by stakeholders, publicity of the potential in agriculture for the youth can further widen options of innovation and greatly reduce the high youth unemployment rate,” said Msimango.

“With the vast amount of agricultural land available in our province, this is a sector where youth can themselves become the creators of jobs for fellow youth. There is a need for financial and mentorship support from the various established stakeholders,” he added.

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