MP govt wants increase in youth-owned farms

The programme to get more young people to own farms is called ‘Fortune-40’, meant for people under the age of 40.

The Mpumalanga government wants an increase in farms owned by young people in the province.

They say now they have managed to get 14 -youth-owned farms running but now want this increased to 29.

“The programme was announced by Premier David Mabuza in his state of the province address in 2015 and recruited the youth into cooperatives and placed under the stewardship of an incubator programme,” a statement released by provincial spin doctor Zibonele Mncwango read.

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Mncwango said a provincial government meeting on Wednesday also approved the launch of the Smart Citizen Application.

“The Smart Citizen Project is a service delivery framework in which citizens are able to report service delivery issues to government through different channels such as mobile phones, social media, online and over the counter,” he said.

Government officials will use this system “to monitor requests, track the efficiency of the resolution process and identify trends for improved planning”, Mncwango said.

The SmartApp will begin to work from 20 August 2017, he added.

(edited by MLM)

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