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Venture into export trade

By unknown | Jan 28, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Chester Makana

The European Union and the Limpopo government have opened international trade doors for subsistence farmers by launching an ICT-based Agri-Hub in Mokopane.

More than 300 farmers are part of Bohwa Bja Rena Community Trust, which is the recipient of the initiative backed by the EU and Limpopo government. They will start with beef production.

The trust received their 25700 hectares of land back in 2001 under the land redistribution programme.

Speaking at the opening, Premier Sello Moloto said his government wanted to bring more productivity to larger-scale farmers and also uplift subsistence and smallholding farming communities.

Moloto said small-scale farmers needed government support in order to tap into commercial farming.

The centre is also expected to work as an international link for other farmers, who will be able to buy and sell cattle at a central point as part of export trade.

Moloto added that the initiative would also play a role in skills transfer and job creation for farmers who were previously not involved in the export trade.

The European Union has invested millions in agriculture, tourism and other projects as part of developing the local economy.

Bohwa Bja Rena Community Trust has also begun a partnership with Limburg Farming Enterprise and Bruboer Group to export thousands of tons of citrus fruit.

According to Annami Bruwer of Limburg ICT Agri-Hub, the hub will add value by facilitating the development of better breeding stock and, through Agri-business's auction facility, a steady flow of sales.


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