Date of Meeting: 28 July 2015
Chairperson: Mr O Sefako (ANC, North West)
The Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries is currently developing a project in conjunction with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) to create Agri-parks in locations throughout South Africa. These Agri-parks aim to involve smallholders and local producers in the entire process of agriculture to address both food security and poverty. The Department hopes to fight issues such as the 14 million hungry South Africans, unused potential farmland, and the inequality between private agricultural business and the people. The Department recognised that similar programmes exist, such as the Fetsa Tlala programme, but assured the committee that Agri-parks would take a much more holistic approach to addressing and developing entire communities and exposing the people to economic value chains.
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