The Limpopo Employment, Growth, and Development Plan, which provides a framework for future growth in all sectors of the provincial economy, and related research, point to the agriculture sector in both Mopani and Vhembe as key to economic growth. It is on that basis that Limpopo Economic Development Agency (LEDA), Musina local municipality and sector departments are hosting a workshop today, Tuesday 28 May 2013, to determine the capacity of the Vhembe District to operate an Agricultural Fresh Produce Market.
As home to diverse agriculture produce, the Vhembe District enjoys good climatic and soil conditions. Through this workshop, which targets agricultural unions, agriculture industry associations and sub-tropical agricultural products producers, LEDA seeks to determine the feasibility and strength of the area to sustain a business project of considerable magnitude.
With the Department of Trade and Industry having awarded Limpopo the opportunity to create a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Musina, the workshop will further asses how that will enhance the processing, packaging and distribution of agricultural produce into the national, international and global markets. Commented LEDA Group CEO, Mr Sam Mafadza, “SEZs are the impetus of growth as they accelerate industrial development and facilitate the country’s economic growth.
Musina is well positioned for a project of this scale as it provides a gateway into the SADC to enhance the smooth transit of goods across the region.
The workshop is aimed at among other concerns, stress testing and affirming this assertion.”
Special Economic Zones propel manufacturing in many ways because they are special business parks created with adjusted trade laws, tax breaks, or with laws that are highly relaxed to attract foreign investors. For the Vhembe District, the establishment of the Fresh Produce Market will stimulate sound economic activities in terms of processing, packaging and distribution of these agriculture products to a broad market. Furthermore, the agro-processing for value addition to most of the products will happen locally, to create more job opportunities for the local communities. Concluding, Mafadza opines, “Limpopo is gradually being transformed to become one of South Africa’s value driven investment destinations. The LEDA corporate strategy is such that we work in concert and in consulation with a wide spectrum of stakehokders, to engender inclusivity and a diverse pool of technical expertise and sector knowledge.”
Limpopo Economic Development Agency (LEDA)
Marketing & Communications Division
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