Statement by Mandla Mbili KwaZulu-Natal farmers to supply SAB

04 November 2010

The ANC welcomes the support given to emerging black farmers in Bergville, Northern Drankensburg to supply yellow maize to South African Breweries (SAB). This initiative came as a result of a partnership between KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development, and SAB.

The farmers will supply 180 000 tons of yellow maize, SAB will buy 5 000 tons in the first year of the project and the quantity will gradually increase over time. This is a milestone for emerging black farmers in the province as this will transform their communities. The project will also result in the transfer of entrepreneurial skills to emerging farmers.

This programme is in line with the ANC strategy of implementing large -scale programmes to establish new smallholders and improve the productivity of existing small scale and subsistence farmers, as well as integrating smallholders into formal value chains and links them with markets.

The ANC calls upon the big companies to emulate these initiatives as a means to protect food security and combat hunger.

Mandla Mbili
Whip: Standing Committee on Public Accounts
Tel: 021 403 2911