MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


Support Strategy for Emerging Livestock Farmers
Must Be Implemented

17 July 2013    

  

 

The IFP calls on the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to speed up the process of implementing a support strategy for emerging livestock farmers.

 

IFP Spokesperson on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, iNkosi RN Cebekhulu, MP, said, “The challenges emerging livestock farmers face are fairly straight forward and the IFP wants to now see a support plan with a proposed implementation date. Government must facilitate the commercialisation of the emerging sector by aiding farmers to access technical support, credit facilities and markets.”

 

Some of the key challenges emerging livestock farmers face include poor management of communal land and high production costs.

 

iNkosi Cebekhulu further stated, “Emerging livestock farmers are mainly in deep rural areas where there is little or no service delivery. Shortages of water and electricity are the main challenges that emerging livestock farmers are facing. This debilitating factor has contributed significantly to the poor management of their businesses,” concluded iNkosi Cebekhulu.

 

The IFP calls on the Minister of Agriculture to work closely with other government departments, especially the Department of Rural Development, Energy and Water Affairs to address these challenges.

  

Issued by:
IFP Spokesperson on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries,
iNkosi Nsikayezwe Cebekhulu, 082 975 5107

 

or contact 

IFP Parliamentary Caucus Media Liaison Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675