Development Schemes

The NAMC, through the Agribusiness Development Division, designs and facilitates the implementation of the development schemes with both the private and public institutions. The schemes are designed and implemented to uplift the black producers in the agricultural sector and to encourage their integration into the commercial mainstream. Development Schemes are demand driven and guided by the developmental impact as well as feasibility studies.

The objective is to contribute to the government’s broad objective of ensuring rural food security and poverty eradication, link the developing growers with mainstream commercial agriculture and improve the volumes and quality of produce through commodity clusters in order to meet the market requirements.

Precious

Precious Nengwekhulu – Senior Economist
precious@namc.co.za| (012) 341 1115

The following are development schemes undertaken and currently designed by the ADD:

Vineyard Development Scheme

The NAMC facilitate the implementation of the Vineyard development scheme in Northern Cape Province in partnership with the Northern Cape Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Dried fruit technical Services, VinPro, OWK, Distell and IDC. The aim of the project is to establish 500 ha of wine, raisins and table grapes in the Northern Cape Province. The scheme is focusing on three commodities, viz: raisins, wine grapes and table grapes.

For 2017/2018 financial year, the Northern Cape Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development allocated approximately R8 980 000.00 to specifically be utilized under the current MoU to support the vineyards projects in the Northern Cape province.  There are 5 Sub-projects that will be supported this financial year namely: Blocuso Trust, Eiland Wine project, Eksteenskuil Cooperative, Silwer Moon, Lemoendraai Wine project.

The project is still operating through its two committees, namely, the Project Implementation Committee (PIC). This committee has Project Adjudication Committee (PAC) which is the highest decision-making body that evaluates and appoints service providers who provide different services to the project. The second committee is the Project Steering committee (PSC), the high decision-making committee of the vineyard development scheme. The NAMC’s overall role is mainly to provide financial management and accounting support for the procurement of goods and services for the project.

Ha-Mphaila Irrigation Scheme

Mphaila Irrigation Scheme was established by the former homeland government. The famers currently own a piece of land through the Permission to Occupy (P.T.O). The total extent of the scheme is 71 ha and the farmers in the scheme are 62 households owning an average of 1 ha each.

The group of farmers produce dry beans, butternut, tomatoes and maize. The commodities are grouped based on ha as follows: 20ha for dry beans, 20ha for tomatoes, 28ha for butternut and 70ha for maize Retailers and supermarkets (Boxers, spar), hawkers, household and Joburg Fresh Produce Market (City Deep) are their range of market for their products.

The NAMC in collaboration with Department of Agriculture Limpopo collaborated in developing a comprehensive business plan for all commodities. The NAMC placed four interns to the project to assist with day to day implementation activities which include identification of diseases and coming up with interventions to deal with any challenged encountered within the project.

Pork Development Scheme

In the previous financial year 2016/2017, the NAMC collaborated with the various stakeholders within the agricultural sector, to design a development scheme for the Lepelle Pork Farmers Union in Marble Hall, Limpopo province. After conducting a site visits to all the projects for assessments, the NAMC designed a business plan for them. The purpose of the business plan was to enable the farmers to access funding from relevant funding institutions. Furthermore, the organization provided Capacity Building and Training on Marketing and Farm Business Management towards all the participating farmers of the Lepelle Farmers Union.

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