The Strategic Integrated Project (SIP) 11 is one of the eighteen flagship infrastructure projects of overseen by the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC). Its purpose is to ensure enabling agro-logistics and rural infrastructure investments that would unlock the potential of rural areas to create jobs. SIP 11 will be implemented in coordination with a number of SIPs focused on rural areas. It will entail the expansion of facilities for storage (silos, fresh-produce facilities, packing houses); transport links to main networks (rural roads, rail lines, ports), fencing of farms, irrigation schemes, improved research and development (R&D) on rural issues (including expansion of agricultural colleges), processing facilities (abattoirs, dairy infrastructure), forestry and fisheries infrastructure.
AGRI-BEE THREHOLD STUDY
In 2012, the NAMC through a directive from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries was appointed to conduct an AGRI-BEE threshold study. The purpose of the study was to compile a detailed database with aggregated demographic, financial and economic data on farming enterprises (primary agriculture) and agri-businesses and agro-industries (secondary agriculture) in South Africa. This data will be used to make recommendations on turnover thresholds to assist the AgriBEE Charter Committee in determining the turnover thresholds for the industry. PWC was appointed to assist in the collection of relevant agricultural economic data through benchmarking. The study has been finalised and is in the process to be officially handed-over to DAFF at a convenient scheduled time-frame.
Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program (CAADP)
In July 2003, the African Heads of States endorsed the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) as the continent’s framework for agriculture–led growth and development to address food insecurity. To officially begin the implementation of CAADP in South Africa, DAFF in conjunction with the Nepad Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) hosted a one day CAADP Stakeholder Sensitization Seminar on 20 October 2011. The aim of the CAADP Stakeholder Sensitization Seminar was to evaluate existing South African policies and identify avenues of implementing CAADP effectively in South Africa. The NAMC involvement stemmed from a request from the International Relations Directorate of DAFF to participate and provide policy advice and formulation. Read More
Management Training for Women Entrepreneurs
The NAMC and Market Matters have a standing MOU focused on empowering women entrepreneurs from the continent. This stems from a research activity that indicated that South African women in rural areas actually form the backbone of economic activity in those hinterland areas. Thus the NAMC in conjunction with Market Matters, SAWEN, Land Bank and other institutions rallied together and designed a course specially aligned to the objectives of the programme. The entire training programme covers subjects on marketing, finance, strategic, cooperatives, securing finance for your business and basic fundamentals on how to develop a business plan.
Supply Chain Logistics Program
The Supply Chain Logistics Programme is project funded by the Flemish Government, International Trade Centre and the NAMC. It was launched in 2010 with the objective to integrate small agro-business into regional supply chains. These include the certification process in order to be complaint with GlobalGap and SAGap, market linkages to provide access to local retailers and stores.
The SCLP focus is on stone and pome fruit farmers in the Ceres and Grabouw areas in the Western Cape Province. Core to the program’s outcomes is providing technical assistance to the 15 beneficiaries on water application, pest and disease control interventions, harvesting techniques and fruit thinning practices. Read More
National Red Meat Development Programme
The National Red Meat Development Program (NRMDP) works with emerging and communal farmers to increase the income that they earn from raising cattle, through greater and more beneficial participation in formal red meat markets. NRMDP focuses primarily on connecting farmers to formal markets and systemizing the informal markets. The program has three main thrusts:
- a programme to enable farmers to understand the structure, operation and requirements of formal red meat markets
- initiatives to develop marketing channels that will increase their participation in formal red meat markets
- training and practical assistance to align the age, health and breeding of animals more closely to market demand.
Through the Markets and Economic Research Centre the NAMC quarterly hosts industry seminars based on any current agricultural topic. Speakers are invited to make presentations on any agricultural topical issues related to imports and exports, ethical trade, food prices, modeling techniques etc. This is in reassurance to provide market access and improve on the viability of the agricultural sector. Anyone person(s), group and organisations are invited to submit a topic based on an agricultural issue that is economic, trade, policy and academic related. For more information Contact Yolanda Potelwa Ypotelwa@namc.co.za
In 2003, Trade and Investment Limpopo (TIL) commissioned a feasibility study on the viability of macadamia nuts production within the Vhembe district of Limpopo province. Thereafter developing farmers from the district specializing in this commodity formed cooperatives known as Vhembe Macadamia Growers Cooperative. The cooperative then applied for EU funding in 2005/06 which was then successful. The EU funding together with the resources mobilized from ARC and Green farm nut Company (largest macadamia nut processor in the area) helped the cooperative to establish 114ha of macadamia nuts for about 14 growers. Since then, production of nuts has never been to full potential due to lack of access to production finance, infrastructural support such as irrigation systems, and poor quality products. In June last year, the NAMC in collaboration with Subtropical Growers Association facilitated a meeting and invited stakeholders such as Green farm nuts co, IDC, farmer’s representatives, Land bank and Limpopo Dept of Agriculture. The objective of the meeting was to broadly understand the challenges faced by growers and identify ways in which they can be supported. Over and above that the meeting also clarified the roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder on the project. The project task team was established. One of the deliverables of the project was to conduct the baseline and diagnostic study for the selected growers which were both completed in December 2012. The next assignment is to develop the business plan which shall be used to access funding from potential financiers.
CROP ESTIMATES LIAISON COMMITTEE (CELC)
During 1998 the Minister for Agriculture and Land Affairs requested the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) to chair the Crop Estimates Liaison Committee (CELC), who is represented of directly affected groups in the different grain industries. The CELC is an official NAMC Committee and it is constituted of stakeholders in the grain industry, namely Grain SA, Grain Silo Industry, National Chamber of Milling, Animal Feed Manufacturers’ Association, Grain Traders’ Association, the ARC, South African Futures Exchange (SAFEX) and the DoA. Since its inception in October 1998, CELC achieved three of the four prime functions of the CELC, namely:
- The establishment of a completely independent and objective Crop Estimates Committee, free of commercial bias.
- The understanding and acceptance of the CEC of what is required from it by the industry and why.
- An accurate, timely and credible crop estimate.
- The fourth function, that of monitoring the performance of the CEC, is an ongoing function and is undertaken by the ‘market’ using the crop estimates.
CELC meets twice a year (usually during May and November/December where amongst others, the total final calculated winter and summer crops are finalised) or when the Chairperson is specifically requested to do so to address a specific problem.
In pursuit of achieving our strategic objectives the NAMC established a program called Market Information. Market Information is the idea of translating available agricultural data into one of the country’s indigenous languages. As a precautionary measure, the NAMC targeted one public radio station Phalaphala FM that caters for people in the Limpopo Province. Every weekday on Tuesday at 4h00 am NAMC presents the latest agricultural news, trends prices and on various commodities. Airtime on radio is free however the NAMC pays for the presenter who compiles and presents to information. This information is broadcast to farmers across the province. The success of the Phalaphala FM initiative has demonstrated the need to also target other SABC radio stations. The process of engaging with other radio is under way and the NAMC is aiming to have at least two more Market Information programmes of this nature.