MEC hands over tractors in Eastern Cape

Monday, March 16, 2009

Bhisho - Eastern Cape MEC for Agriculture, Gugile Nkwinti, on Monday handed over 13 tractors in Mthatha, to service the OR Tambo, Alfred Nzo and Ukhahlamba regions.

According to the department, the MEC will this week embark on a massive handing over of tractors in both the eastern and western regions of the province.

The tractors will be accompanied by their implements and three combine harvesters with a value of R19.8 million.

On Tuesday, the MEC will hand over 23 tractors and one harvester that will service Amathole, Cacadu and Chris Hani regions, while two harvesters will be sent to the eastern region.

The provision of tractors to aspirant and emerging farmers is one of the department's pillars in the green revolution strategy.

The strategy is underpinned by the six pegs policy that requires the department to give farmers enabling tools and skills to full participate in agri-business.

The department has been stimulating economic growth and rural development through providing farmers with the fence for arable and grazing lands, revival of irrigation schemes, construction of stock water dams, dipping tanks as well as vaccination of livestock.

According to departmental spokesperson, Fikile Black, through the initiatives the department hopes to improve the lives of people.

He said the massive hand over of the tractors and its implements culminates the hand over of dipping, bulls, rams, cows and other resources which took place last year.