Agri­cul­tural grad­u­ates get a boost

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UN­EM­PLOYED agri­cul­tural grad­u­ates from the North­ern Cape have been placed in var­i­ous sec­tors of agri­cul­ture, forestry and fish­eries, in an at­tempt re­duce the high youth un­em­ploy­ment rate in the Province.

The ini­tia­tive, which is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Forestry and Fish­eries (DAFF), De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Land Re­form and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment and com­mod­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions/ farms, saw 26 grad­u­ates be­ing placed af­ter gov­ern­ment iden­ti­fied agri­cul­ture as a key job driver.

The aim is to cre­ate about 1 mil­lion jobs in the sec­tor by 2030.

Of the 26 grad­u­ates, 11 were ap­pointed by Dry Fruits Tech­ni­cal Ser­vices in the ZF Mg­cawu District while 13 will be start­ing soon af­ter in­duc­tion and con­tract sign­ing in Pix­ley ka Seme District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. The re­main­ing two from Na­maqua are ex­pected to start at the Rooi­bos Tea Plant in Nieu­woudtville.

The ob­jec­tives of the ini­tia­tive in­clude pro­vid­ing un­em­ployed agri­cul­tural, forestry and fish­eries grad­u­ates with op­por­tu­ni­ties to gain on-the job ex­pe­ri­ence, to con­tribute to the ac­cel­er­a­tion of food pro­duc­tion through the de­vel­op­ment of a pool of com­pe­tent young pro­duc­ers, to bridge the gap of age­ing pro­duc­ers and to re­duce the high un­em­ploy­ment rate among youth and also to fight poverty.

- Norma Wilden­boer

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