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Agriculture Agro-processing Masterplan Signed

May 16, 2022

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

The Agriculture Agro-processing Masterplan has been signed.

The agriculture, land reform and rural development minister, Thoko Didiza, announced the signing during her department’s 2022 Budget Vote speech in parliament.

According to the minister, the plan is a “product of negotiations between government, business, labour and civil society organisations in the agriculture and agro-processing sectors”.

“This Masterplan is lifting our gaze to imagine the agricultural sector we want in South Africa. We want a prosperous and inclusive agricultural sector that thrives on better utilisation of its natural and human resources”, she said.

In terms of a task team of experts set up to investigate challenges in the animal health system, the minister pointed out that a draft report has been discussed with the ministry and the final report will be released soon.

As regards hemp permits, the minister announced that, so far, 31 permits have been issued.

She added that the remainder of the applications are being processed.

“In order to ensure an inclusive value chain, we will be working with ARC to set up demonstration farms in all nine provinces, to ensure education of primary producers on the appropriation production technologies”, she said.

In his Budget Vote speech, the deputy minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development, Mcebisi Skwatsha, declared that a Draft Land Redistribution Policy and Draft Land Redistribution Bill are under development.

The plan is to table the draft bill in cabinet for approval towards the end of the current financial year.