Agro-industry: A place in which our communities can participate

The Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (Dedeat) has indicated that agro-industry investment and development continue to be another sector of focus for the Eastern Cape.

In its 2016/17 annual report, it indicated that agro-industry provided space in which communities could participate and provide solutions to challenges of food shortages in the country, continent and the global markets.

By working together with the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, the department has continued to support primary production and processing projects throughout the province.

“Our footprint is well documented on the eastern side of the province, where we have partnered with the Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency in the development of the forestry and RED hubs in Mqanduli and Ncorha.

The RED hubs programme is now being introduced to Tshabo Village in the Buffalo City Municipality to the value of R64 million over the MTEF,Dedeat indicated in the report.

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