Key takeaway messages from the agriculture and rural development breakaway session
Agriculture offers opportunities for manufacturing and labour. The NDP sought opportunities targeting and exploiting these prospects in Chapter 6 of the NDP. It was decided that focus must be given to:
- A shift from large to small-scale farming, in aid of bigger opportunities requiring support in the country.
- Agriculture as a business falls through the cracks because of non-streamlined links to a variety of stakeholders such as the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Economic Development, as all have an agricultural portfolio.
- Water and irrigation: Area planning allows efficiency in the use of water.
- Financing is a huge challenge.
Session Sponsor: Tongaat Hulett