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Bridging the second and first economies
Budget Vote speech 2007/08 delivered by Member of Executive Council Mr G Nkwinti for Department of Agriculture, Eastern Cape Legislature, Bisho
14 March 2007
G Nkwinti


It is my pleasure to present to you the Policy and Budget of the Department of Agriculture for 2007/08 financial year.

Last year, I presented to this House the "Six-peg Policy" as a framework for agricultural development in the province (fencing, dipping tanks, tractors and implements, stock-water dams, resuscitation of old and establishment of new irrigation schemes and human capacitating) to address and systematically defeat underdevelopment and its manifestations, namely, unemployment and poverty in rural and peri-urban areas. This year, I am pleased to report that the department will intensify the implementation of these elements of this policy framework of our Green Revolution Strategy over the remaining years of this term.

We piloted the Green Revolution strategy at Mbhashe Local Municipality and this has provided valuable lessons from which we can develop models. Last year, the province was visited by two delegations, one from Mpumalanga, led by the Member of the Executive Council of the Department of Agriculture in that province. The second visit, led by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), included representation from the other eight provinces and the national Department of Agriculture. The object of the visit was to learn more about the experiences, lessons and the impact of the Green Revolution from the pilot area.

The main lesson learnt was the formation of community based institutional arrangements at village, ward and municipal level resulting in strong community participation in agricultural and rural development, thus, instilling a sense of ownership and pride. Other lessons will be reflected in the highlights for 2006/07 presented herein.

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