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:

  1. A shift from large to small-scale farming, in aid of bigger opportunities requiring support in the country.
  2. 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.
  3. Water and irrigation: Area planning allows efficiency in the use of water.
  4. Financing is a huge challenge.

Session Sponsor: Tongaat Hulett

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