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OVERVIEW

Agriculture A new cold-storage facility at Dube TradePort is good news for farmers.

SECTOR INSIGHTS • Operation Vula will make co-operatives stronger.

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he Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Willies Mchunu, has committed his government to Operation Vula which aims to create economic opportunities for social enterprises and co-operatives, led by African people. They are to benefit from state-led infrastructure programmes, as well as from the buying power of the state through the supply chain. Another initiative to support small-scale farmers resulted in the Masisizane Fund investing more than R100-million in the Harry Gwala and Alfred Nzo districts. Consulting company Agriculture House will assess the effectiveness of the programme. Despite a long drought which recently ended, the province's agricultural sector is very strong, taking advantage as it does of the province's fertile and varied soils. Eighteen percent of KwaZulu-Natal’s 6.5-million hectares of agricultural land is arable and the balance is suitable for the rearing of livestock. Vegetables grow well in most areas, and some maize is grown in the north-west. Nuts such as pecan and macadamia thrive. The province’s forests occur mostly in the southern and northern edges of the province. The sugar sector is dealt with separately in this publication. The opening of a R99-million cold-storage facility at the Dube TradePort in 2017 gives farmers and exporters additional flexibility,

ONLINE RESOURCES KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union: www.kwanalu.co.za KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agricultureand Rural Development: www.kzndard.gov.za National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: www.daff.gov.za

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allowing them to store chilled and frozen perishable goods. TWK is a R6-billion operation that originated in forestry (as Transvaal Wattlegrowers Co-operative) but which is now a diverse agricultural company with seven operating divisions. The coastal areas lend themselves to sugar production and fruit growing, with subtropical fruits doing particularly well in the north. KwaZuluNatal produces 7% of South Africa’s citrus fruit. The Coastal Farmers Cooperative represents 1 400 farmers. Beef originates mainly in the Highveld and Midlands areas, with dairy production being undertaken in the Midlands and south. The province produces 18% of South Africa’s milk. KwaZulu-Natal’s subsistence farmers hold 1.5-million cattle, which represents 55% of the provincial beef herd, and their goat herds account for 74% of the province’s stock. The Midlands is also home to some of the country’s finest racehorse stud farms. The area around Camperdown is one of the country’s most important areas for pig farming. Enterprise iLembe, the development arm of the iLembe District Municipality, is looking for investors to further develop an agri-processing hub near the King Shaka International Airport and Dube TradePort.

KwaZulu-Natal Business 2018/19  

The 2018/19 edition of KwaZulu-Natal Business is the 10th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2008, has es...

KwaZulu-Natal Business 2018/19  

The 2018/19 edition of KwaZulu-Natal Business is the 10th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2008, has es...

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