SA, Brazil to intensify agricultural partnerships

Monday, September 14, 2009

Pretoria - South Africa and Brazil are to intensify agricultural partnerships by sharing information on projects and regular exchange visits.

The South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is currently hosting their Brazilian counterparts this week.

Welcoming the Brazilian delegates on Monday, Rural Development and Land Reform Deputy, Joe Phaahla, said South Africa would use the Brazilian visit to strengthen agricultural partnerships and deepen knowledge on rural development.

Both countries will also share information on how the agriculture sectors were dealing with the global recession, among other things.

Brazilian Ambassador to South Africa, Jose Vicente de sa Pimentel said his country was looking forward to learning more about the country's agricultural and rural development initiatives.

On Tuesday, the delegation will visit a tropical mushroom agricultural project in Magaliesburg, where they will interact with project members before visiting the Balemi ba Lekoa maize and Beef Klipkop project in Sebokeng.

On Wednesday, the delegation will visit the Luthando Citrus production farm in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.

The 139 hectares farm was bought from a local farmer through the Land Redistribution for Agricultural Programme grant in 2004.

On the same day, they will also visit the Integrated Meat Processors of the Eastern Cape (IMPEC).

IMPEC was formed as a joint venture aimed at uplifting emerging black ostrich farmers within the established ostrich industry of the Eastern Cape.