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Unemployed graduates to help ailing land

Aug 07 2014 19:00
By Siphiwe Nyathi


Mbombela - The Mpumalanga agriculture, rural development, land and environmental affairs MEC Andries Gamede says 40 unemployed agriculture graduates from Mpumalanga will be sent to revive struggling land reform farms at a cost of R3.9m.

He made the announcement when tabling the department's R1.1bn 2014/15 policy and budget speech in Mbombela.

The graduates will work on farms in the comprehensive rural development programme.


"This will ensure that these farms remain functional and grow the graduates to be successful farm managers and farmers," said Gamede.

Partnership arrangements

"It will allow the graduates to grow and will lead to them becoming successful farm managers and farmers," said Gamede.

He said the 52 ailing land reform farms in the province would receive pre- and post settlement support services to help them participate in the mainstream economy.

He said the department will also help with training and advice, partnership arrangements, mentorship, conflict management and business support.

The department, did, however, deploy more than 100 unemployed agricultural graduates to struggling farms last year but failed to sustain the project due to maladministration and lack of funds.


mbombela  |  farming  |  land reform
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