‘Woolly’ boost for Umzimkhulu farmers

2016-07-29 06:00
The community at the launch of the sheep-shearing sheds.  Photo: supplied

The community at the launch of the sheep-shearing sheds. Photo: supplied

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THE MEC of Agriculture and Rural Development in KZN, Themba Mthembu, opened four sheep-shearing sheds for the Glengary community recently

More than 100 people from the area - Umzimkhulu - will benefit from job opportunities as the department invested R4,8 million in the shed and R1,3 million in the Bontrand Piggery Project.

Between 2015 and 2016 the department invested R33 million in soya and dry-bean cultivation.

Mthembu promised to invest R25 million in agricultural projects.

“We are paying particular attention to community and households gardens to uplift the poor and provide food security. The sheds will be in Wards 1, 7, 8 and 10.

“Members of Umzimkhulu Woolgrowers Association must be commended and it is because of their hard work and success as sheep farmers that we are building these sheds. The department has a long working relationship with the association,” said Mthebu.

In 2012 the department gave 223 pure merino rams to the association and that led to 12 woolgrower associations being formed, with the population of sheep increasing to over 17 000. From 2013 to 2015 the woolgrowers sold more than 40 000 kilograms of wool.
- Supplied.

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