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ECRDA launches R100m agro-processing programme

A total of R53m and R46m has been committed to Bizana and Lady Frere respectively as part of an agro-processing programme to be carried out by the Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA) over the next three years. 

ECRDA CEO Thozamile Gwanya says the R100m from the Eastern Cape Provincial Treasury is in addition to an amount of R91m committed last year over a three-year period by the Development Bank of Southern Africa’s Jobs Fund to ECRDA and the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) to roll out the agro-processing programme in Ncora and Mqanduli. Some 1866 hectares (ha) of white maize were planted in Ncora and Mqanduli in the first season of the DBSA Jobs Fund agro-processing initiative.

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