AMERSFOORT-On February 8, 2019 the farmers from Dr Pixley Ka Isaka Seme within Gert Sibande District attended the provincial launch of Masibuye Esibayeni (MESP) programme. Its implementation plan was approved in April 2018.This programme aimed to improve livestock sustainability to enhance the gross domestic product (GDP) when intensified and commercialised accordingly. This programme is one of the pillars on the Presidential Outcome 7: vibrant, equitable and sustainable rural communities that contributes towards food security for all.
Acting Head of Department, Mr L.S Monareng, stated that this new programme will replace Masibuyele Emasini Programme (currently Phezukomkhono Mlimi) after responding to the request by livestock farmers when they realised that only crop farmers were assisted. Monareng emphasised that they would like to make Mpumalanga green, that is, food for live stocks and food for the people while they will lure people from other countries to invest in the province. About 4000 farmers benefited under 191 projects which includes cows, sheeps, goats and pigs. Such approach will improve the economy hence it is important to work as team to achieve one set common goal which is the improvement of agricultural fraternity.
MEC Vusi Shongwe shared his words of encouragement to livestock farmers and made them realise their crucial role and their contribution to food security and economy. He also mentioned the support the department is giving to the farmers in making sure that their visions gets fulfilled too. He furthermore mentioned the issue of reducing high unemployment rate within Gert Sibande District (Dagga Kraal) by introducing three additional projects which would reduce unemployment. Shongwe encouraged Buza Ezizweni Research to share their agricultural knowledge. China and Argentina are the backbone of the agricultural market. Executive Mayor of Gert Sibande pleaded with fake farmers not to use government farms to steal livestock.