In its quest to aggressively advance the agenda of Radical
Economic Transformation (RET), eThekwini Municipality has
kick started roadshows aimed at skilling emerging farmers.

The intention is to ensure that emerging farmers participate
in the mainstream economy and that barriers they usually
face in the agricultural sector are removed.

Mayor Zandile Gumede said roadshows aim to create awareness
about agricultural sector and programmes available to assist
our emerging farmers especially those from

disadvantaged communities.

“Our main purpose is to equip them with information and
impart technical skills that will help them to create market
opportunities for

them and reduce dependency on state support. We want our
emerging farmers to also have skills in agri-processing as
opposed to selling their products raw as they are. This

we believe is going to enable them to rake in considerable
revenue,” said Gumede.

She added that roadshows are a platform to address barriers
in the food value chain and fast-track the economic
inclusion of the majority of the black farmers in the
agricultural sector.

Members of the media, emerging and aspiring farmers from all
the regions of eThekwini are invited to attend farmers
roadshow scheduled as follows:
DATE  :  23 February 2019
VENUE : Pinetown Civic Centre (Council Chamber)
TIME  : 09h00

For more information about Farmers Roadshows contact
Nontobeko Dlamini on  084 7293 033 or email:
nontobeko.dlamini2@durban.gov.za

For Media Enquiries contact Msawakhe Mayisela on 060 966 4220

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