Tucked away at the bottom of Agriculture Minister Thoko Didiza’s recent statement on food supplies was an announcement that her department would soon launch the agriculture and agro-processing master plan.
This third agricultural master plan, after those for the poultry and sugar industries, has been awaited for some time. It will “drive long-term inclusive growth in the sector,” she said.
“We will follow up on this call by addressing constraints to agricultural growth, including access to funding for new entrant farmers, crop and animal disease occurrences and improving domestic fertiliser capacity.”
The minister promised that the new master plan would include “long-term and focused interventions” in the agricultural sector.