Agricultural park in Ugu on the cards

2015-10-08 06:00
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Department of Agriculture Rural Development and Land Reform officials with Ugu mayor at the meeting on Friday, (back, from left) Ross Hoole, Lisa Del Grande, Musiwalo Makhuva (economic development), Clinton Heimann, and (fro

PHOTO: precious gumede Department of Agriculture Rural Development and Land Reform officials with Ugu mayor at the meeting on Friday, (back, from left) Ross Hoole, Lisa Del Grande, Musiwalo Makhuva (economic development), Clinton Heimann, and (fro

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“HUNGER has no colour,” said Ugu District Municipality mayor Nombifikile Gumede as she welcomed delegates from provincial departments who came to deliver the news about an agricultural park in the Ugu District.

Gumede said this park is in line with the statement made by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation Address, saying the nation should come with a plan of action to eradicate poverty and hunger and create job opportunities.

The mayor said she is very excited about the park which is in the planning phase.

Clint Heimann from National Department of Agriculture and Rural Development explained how the Agri-park should be structured.

“The agricultural park will be owned by farmers within the district - commercial and developing farmers. This project will be supported by government for the duration of 10 years to ensure economic growth. The park should have three components - the farmer production support unit, agricultural hub and a rural and urban market centre,” he said.

Heimann said rural development has contributed over R140 million to each district for production and infrastructure.

“Economic development will contribute its own amount and agriculture,” said Heimann.

Lisa Del Grande from agriculture said the process involves identifying the plot of land to be used and as well as commodities that will be suitable for the area.

“In Ugu we have identified a few commodities such as tea tree oil, macademia nuts and vegetables. The plot that has been identified is Horse Shoe Farm, a 200 hectare plot that belongs to the municipality,” said Del Grande.

She said already there are teams busy with the initiation of the park and encourages district farmers to come on board

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