For Immediate Release
22 March 2017
Edamame Development Programme to Enhance Local Agricultural Sector
Media are invited to attend a Farmers Open Day being held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Friday, 24 March 2017. The Open Day, hosted by eThekwini Municipality, aims to raise awareness on the Edamame Development Programme and to unpack potential agribusiness opportunities for emerging and small scale farmers.
Edamame is a crop farming project and is the first of its kind in South Africa. It was piloted in the City five years ago through the Municipality and the Green Fund and was identified for its potential to tackle the triple challenges of inequality, unemployment and poverty.
Green Economy Manager for the Municipality, Phakamile Mbonambi said the Open Day will present feedback on some achievements of the programme as well as challenges encountered. Emerging farmers will also be engaged on how to broaden their growing footprint.
“The programme has already yielded positive results. It has facilitated the development of the Marianhill Research Farm, the development of 83 commercial contracted emerging farmers and 256 small scale growers, growing both seasonal Edamame and vegetable crops. Moving forward the plan is to further facilitate 423 new permanent jobs and train approximately 826 people,” said Mbonambi.
She said learnings, research and experiences of the programme will also be shared with practical ways to support beneficiaries being explored.
The day’s programme will wrap-up with a site visit to the Edamame facilities in Marianhill where further information on the ground-breaking multi-million rand Radical Agrarian Socio-economic Transformation Programme, expected to create over 58 136 direct jobs within the agricultural space, will be unpacked.
Members of the media are invited to attend the Open Day as follows:
DATE: 24 March 2017
TIME: 8:00am-15:30pm
VENUE: Moses Mabhida Stadium, Gold Business Club 8
Issued by eThekwini Municipality.
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