IDC on mission to unlock more Mpumalanga farming opportunities

IDC on mission to unlock more Mpumalanga farming opportunities
UNLOCKING OPPORTUNITIES: The Industrial Development Corporation says it is putting a focus on the agricultural sector in order to enable more job creation in the province. PICTURE BY Cape Chamber.

The corporation held a business breakfast in Gert Sibande, conducting discussions on the type of available funding opportunities.

The Industrial Development Corporation is in Mpumalanga to speak economic development.

The corporation believes the agricultural industry is one sector that needs closer attention for matters of food security.

Mpumalanga IDC manager Mashweu Matsiela said the one reason they pay particular attention to this sector was because of its role in creating jobs.

“We want to increase our footprint in the Gert Sibande district and facilitate the unlocking of opportunities,” he said.

“And not just in the agro-processing industry but within the agricultural sector as a whole by working together with farmers and key stakeholders in the province,” Matsiela said.

During the breakfast business briefing in Ermelo a week ago, farmers had the opportunity to ask questions.

They were with the National Empowerment Fund and the agriculture department…

IDC is currently involved in two key agro-processing projects in the province, costing R1.5 billion.

The first one is the Mpumalanga International Fresh Produce Market and the Natural Dehydrated Foods.

Officials say the two projects will create 3 500 jobs.

The corporation recently opened another office in Mbombela, following one they opened in eMalahleni.

(edited by MLM)

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