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EASTERN CAPE TODAY Thursday, 11 December 2008, p. 13

Asgisas

plans

shape For

projects

as

long

too

large tracts

land

of

government plans for the the latest developments in

area

lans to make the former Transkei the bread basket

p

one

of

of

Growth

South

Africa

under

for

Cape Agriculture and Programme,

its

Transkei.

food on the table very difficult

it is

Food security is a key element of the project because ensures

it

people

(EC),

can

long

plans

units,

themselves

medium

the

goal

term

our

that

sustain

until

AgroProcessing

manage one million livestock put 40000ha under irrigated cultivation and 500000ha

to

area.

life.

in the

Eastern

reports

farmers to be talking or even dream about a better

high

six

Accelerated Shared Innitiative

former

now

bare,

Dayimani

Bulelwa

shape.

take

and

people

million

1,2

uncultivated

lain

implementation

area.

(AsgiSA)

the

to

have

ahead

go

for

the

impact priority projects

the

every day,

Africa, are

advancing quickly with

the

in

Without

Eastern Cape,

of the

not South

if

for

Transkei

begining

are

taking

the

get

the former

in

bold on

Transkei

for

to

selling

of

maize and other crops to national markets, is met, Somydala said in a statement.

under dry-land cultivation.

Over the next five years, Production is focused on food that estimates communities followed Somdyala for 111000 hectares, 400000 by industrial crops for livestock units as well as bio-fuel agro-processing and four maize mills, ten feedlots, production. Crops targeted over houses and lots, five pack medium to long term are the maize, soya beans, canola. sunflowers, a meat processing unit will security

sugar

flowers,

cane,

which cropping canola

now

intercropping

set

is

good

that

More

6,400ha

than

will

Achievable in

place

milestones for

other

the

programmes which

are

tourism, water resource development,

hydro and alternative and human

be

rural parts

the

in

scoped.

four

rains have fallen in the region. planted

afforestation

will be identified and

are

to

programme,

hectares

suitable land for

programme,

soybean,

sunflower,

and

underway

get

entails

maize,

of

forestry

the

100000 of

integrated cropping

The

For

fruit

and leather.

diary, meat

established.

be

production. Other targeted produce includes

sugar beet and

energy,

of

Transkei region covering following municipalities: Mhlontlo, Matatiele, Mbashe, King Sabatha Dalindyebo and Ingquza local municipalities. Each area planted is made of commercial blocks of land measuring on average about 300ha. EC statement AsgiSA In a Chairman, Saki Macozoma, said Asgisa EC was

the

settlement.

the

He added that due to the magnitude of the agricultural programme, it is critical THIS IS OUR WEALTH: The Chief Executive Officer the maize projects in Qumbu. that a formalised engine all is developed to manage

established

make

parts.

projects

the

A

key

instrument is

model

the

tangible

a

the

which

to

in this

agribusiness

formalises

relationships

between

the

projects

strategic

partners

difference such

lives of

the

in

rural people

Our remains create

as

farmers,

financiers,

in

development

province.

the

finance

plan

institutions,

bulk

to a

input

vibrant

and

suppliers,

other

sustainable

as

rural

economy regions

suppliers

in

the

involved

offtake

agreements.

natural

assets such land,

as

and

Piloting

water

MACOZOMA

SAKI

scenic

the

start in

There is dire imperative

unemployment where seven

in

show

to

our

the

that

poverty

and every

ten

poverty,

with

live

adding

people

said

he

organisations

ultimate goal, together

with

strategic public and private partners,

economy

is

province and

Mzimvubu

to

rural

of

in

its sector

Eastern

Cape

particular, the

area which

is

one of

most underdeveloped areas. CEO Simpiwe Somydala said were

two

lead

agriculture and

earnest and

projects.

and

agroprocessing,

forestry which

being focused on.

The

It

is

essential

that there

is

which can mentoring body may not assist farmers who have all the skills to fully maximise their land resources. the necessary Without skills, these families, whose land is their most important asset, source of security and extremely status, ill find it a

implementation of the integrated cropping programme signalsmajor major contribution to

difficult

establishing better food security

are

to

farm.

notwithstanding

programme

of of

viability

for

dam.

2008

a

has

the

forestry

fields

been

have

lying flat for

time. We

afforestation,

of existing forests, and the of

downstream

m an

u

r

i

could

not

address hunger

and

President of the National

issues

without cropping

2,60() million cubic tons ofwater. Yet today only five percent and

is

used

for

irrigation

other uses. There

m

e

r

s

the

our

is

the support of an

Elliotdale

needed organisation

as AsgiSA. The presence of AsgiSA Eastern Cape will change our livelihoodsfor the better. They came at the right time where our fields have been lying flat

such

for

a

We

long time.

could issues

resource

r

in

Sorndyala said that a number parties have shown an appetite for hydro energy. The river is the source of

this

a

Union in Eastern said Cape that farmers

rural

life.

used.

of

F

n g

opportunities. The increased forestry plantation area is expected to add 1,5 million cubic metres of timber per annum, which will lead to further opportunities for wood for processing. One of the longer term projects is to look at how the Mzimvubu River resource can be

of

the Valley

Farmers

long

a

because in the areas cropping

development u

chairman

Co-operative

management

t

Mxoli Tsomo

improved

c

a

good year for the organisation. However, there is no doubt that without our strong, robust and transparent relationships with our municipalities, organised farmers and government, we would not achieve these goals,

of

Our

base

fa

been

expects

support growth of provinces

the

building

the

Poto,

to

the difficult economic

we circumstances which experiencing. Somdyala

locations which are

19

the

years,

of

Mhlontlo has been identified as a pilot programme. services which Other key the model delivers is access to markets, skills development, support, agricultural input business, field and technical support schemes.

restructure the

the

namely

25

will

2009

their potential, reduce

people

there

model

over

are

also being looked at in terms

The efforts have led to decisions which will bring certainty to license applications says Macozoma. covering some 30000ha. Over the next

through new

beauty. a

the sector.

with

well

those

as

by

unlocking

pointed out. Regarding the forestry programme, AsgiSA Eastern Cape is working closely with the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry to overcome some of the licensing challenges associated

implementation

AsgiSA, Simphiwe Somdyala, pointing at one of Picture by Buleiwa Dayimani.

of

because is

not address hunger without cropping

the rural areas cropping

in

our

life.

We

are

confident

that the black farmers wifl step forward,

AsgiSA

Poto stated.

Cape is also involve this co-operative which has IS farms comprising of 7400 hectares, in its Ike-

to

Eastern

programme.

stock

has been

a

farmer

Poto,

for

15

initiative will

says this

who

years, really

change the lives of farmers. Agriculture and farming is what the Eastern Cape knows best, but over

years

the

agricultural

practise has deteriorated

many places where farming potential, the land has been neglected. AsgiSA Eastern Cape also has planned processes in place to develop the skills and capacity and

there

in

is

local farmers.

of

Some

ofthe ploughing fields

for more Ikestock now we are excited to see that something is being done to eradicate poverty

have

not been

used

than ten years and

in

our

involving

community us

in

the

and also project,

Nokuzola Scwebu, ward committee member at Mhlontlo municipality. The project will help the invest what land owners to they produce in order to have funds to produce food for the following year. The project is about getting farmers from the former Transkei into commercial farming. The main aim is from depending to get people away on grants and make their own income. The main aim of AsgiSA is to energise economic viability where of the communities said

there

are

AsgiSA

projects

to

poverty and render people who are more capable of taking care of themselves in ternis of income, said Dr Ar Board member chic Nkonveni of AsgiSA. eradicate

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