AGRICULTURAL Sector in North West province will receive the necessary support from the World Bank. The bank representatives from United State of America visited Manamolela village on Wednesday.
A Senior Agriculture Economist of the World Bank, Dr Guo Li said: “Developing rural agricultural economies is essential. We go to rural areas to see how we can develop those areas. The World Bank sees the importance of South Africa’s Agri-parks as they offer comprehensive services along the various commodity value chains.”
Dr Li brings abundance of expertise as he worked on the bank’s East Asia Region for eight years focusing on rural development and poverty. He added that they will also visit Mpumalanga, Western Cape and Eastern Cape. .
The programme was organized by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. The provincial head of department for Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development department (READ), Dr Poncho Mokaila said the initiative offers a one stop shop for agro-production, processing, logistics, marketing and training within district municipalities.
“Government says the initiative will contribute to developing 300 000 new small holder farmers and 145 000 jobs in agro-processing. The National Developmental Plan (NDP) sees agriculture as having the potential to create close to one million jobs by 2030.
“It states that commercial agriculture has the potential to create 250 000 direct jobs and a further 130 000 indirect jobs. The Agri-parks programme is just one way towards realising these jobs targets,” he said.
Bokone Bophirima’s Department of Rural Environment and Agricultural Development (READ) recently invested R50m on rehabilitation of the silos in Springbokpan near Itsoseng last year.
A processing plant and warehouse is also being built there. The department also has another park in Makapanstadt.
Bokone Bophirima’s premier, Supra Mahumapelo says agriculture is very important in developing hard to reach areas and is a way of fighting unemployment, poverty and inequality.
He added that it affirms some of the fifth administration’s concretes which are; Agriculture, Culture and Tourism (ACT), Villages Townships and Small Dorpies.
“The Launch of the 2016 Letsema Le Bolotse cropping season at Manamolela did not only see farmers receive mechanisms, but it was also an opportunity to discuss the economic benefits of agriculture.
“(VTSD) and Saamtrek Saamwerk which means working together with white farmers to build a brighter future for our country,” Mahumapelo said.-Newsnote