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Help-for-farmers plan withers on vine

After promising to revitalise Gauteng’s economy by helping small-scale farmers, the provincial department of economic development, agriculture and rural development has yet to give support to a single farmer.

When he presented his budget vote on June 23, Gauteng economic development, agriculture and rural development MEC Lebogang Maile said: “Agriculture is a stepping stone to realising Africa’s industrialisation. There are signs everywhere that point to agriculture as a key element of Africa’s industrial story. The potential it carries is yet to be realised.”

But the department’s report for the first quarter of the 2015-2016 financial year, which has been tabled before the provincial legislature’s economic development portfolio committee, reveals a dismal performance.


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