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Agriculture diplomates will be deployed to communities in KwaZulu-Natal in an initiative to reduce poverty. The Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development has signed contracts deploying the young people to 871 wards in the province where they will educate people in how to grow crops and provide them with seeds and equipment.


The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) have gazetted a draft policy for the Small Scale Fisheries Sector. To develop understand of the implications of the policy, DAFF will be undertaking a series of information sessions that will take place along the entire coastline.

Through its 'touch rugby' initiative the Integr8 Group has endeavoured to create work for 500 previously unemployed seamstresses who will produce the balls used in touch-rugby, made out of recycled billboards and banners, as the Rugby World Cup fever hits SA.


It's so easy to criticise skills development and training activities - everything is not perfect. But stop and think how recently it was that race and gender were key exclusionary factors. Effectively, we have just one decade - Adrienne Bird's presentation to the AgriSETA conference went backwards to remind, covered the lessons learned, and then covered where we are going...

In the 1960s the Ribungwane people were forcibly removed from their fertile ancestral lands, losing not only their homes that were bulldozed but also most of their belongings. Now the mainly illiterate surviving direct descendants, who have chosen financial compensation are being urged to spend the money wisely, investing in their children and grandchildren's education, and in productive enterprises that will secure their future.

Spring is conference season. The months of September, October and November are traditionally over-subscribed by organisations holding their annual conferences, and Setas are no different. The AgriSETA arrangement of AGM, Excellence Awards, and Conference was well planned and organised. For AGM and Conference report ...


The Standard Bank sponsored the AgriSETA Excellence Awards - a number of young persons in the sector received generous awards to assist them in developing their business or career. For full listing ...


Deputy Minister Joe Phaahla addressed the AgriSETA Excellence Awards Gala Dinner and explained exactly how mandate of the AgriSETA is entertwined with that of his Department. He called for experience farmers to come forward to mentor emerging farmers.


One of the key objectives within the agricultural sector is transformation of farm ownership to be more representative of the national population. For the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, there are many complex issues to be overcome: willing buyer willing seller, access to finance, knowledge and skills, and many more. The following story is a heartening positive example of what can be achieved when all parties contribute.


President Zuma and Patrice Motsepe have donated eleven tractors and implements in support of a landmark rural development initiative - the brainchild of President Zuma - launched at the Mnyakanya High School- KwaNxamalala, in Nkandla. The project aims to encourage and support community involvement in agriculture to reduce poverty in rural areas. For more details ...

As part of the Rural Development and Land Reform Department's monitoring of farms restored to the community, Deputy Minister Dr Joe Phaahla will be assessing progress and challenges on three farms in Tzaneen.


Umbumbulu community will now have easy access to services on their development projects, thanks to a R5million Agricultural Office opened by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development. The state-of-the-art construction, to be used as the department?s satellite office, will ensure that the community of Umbumbulu and surrounding areas participate in programmes including food security campaigns, such as the One Home One Garden and massification projects.


The Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries says the viruses involved in the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in KwaZulu-Natal has been isolated. The infection did not originate from any neighbouring country.

In her Budget presentation to Parliament, Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson explains how jobs are being created in the forestry and fisheries departments through various sector programmes: Working on Fisheries, Working on Forestry, and Working on Fire.


For the first time in its 85-year history, the World Forestry Congress by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations is to be hosted on African soil.
The congress, to be held in 2015, will be hosted by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on behalf of the South African government at the Durban International Convention Centre.

The Departments of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, (DAFF) and Rural Development and Land Reform, working in partnership aim to establish 50 000 commercially-orientated smallholder farmers in rural areas. DAFF will establish these farmers where there is a large concentration of subsistence producers, including supporting smallholders on land acquired through land reform.