Ma­cadamia project cre­ates over 300 jobs

Vuk'uzenzele - - Ruralgdeenveerlaolpment - Siya Miti

the Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try has in­jected R40 mil­lion towards the plant­ing of the first or­chards in the com­mu­nity-owned AmaJingqi Ma­cadamia project, which was launched last year near Wil­low­vale.

The AmaJingqi project al­ready em­ploys 131 peo­ple with more jobs added as it grows to full ca­pac­ity.

The Depart­ment of Ru­ral Devel­op­ment and Agrar­ian Re­form con­trib­uted R500 000 and a trac­tor and trailer to help the ru­ral farm­ers with pri­mary pro­duc­tion.

AmaJingqi ma­cadamia pro­duc­tion re­quires about R120 mil­lion, over eight years, to es­tab­lish the 300 ha ma­cadamia or­chard, af­ter which it will be sus­tain­able.

“We are fi­nal­is­ing talks with the Land Bank that will re­sult in the depart­ment and the bank in­vest­ing about R100 mil­lion each into the AmaJingqi ma­cadamia business, be­tween the 2018 and 2020 fi­nan­cial years,” said MEC Qo­boshiyane.

“We will in­vest R32 mil­lion next year and over R16 mil­lion dur­ing the 2019/20 fi­nan­cial year, with the Land Bank in­vest­ing about R52.4 mil­lion over the same pe­riod.

“Once the 300 hectares of land set aside for ma­cadamia pro­duc­tion in AmaJingqi comes into pro­duc­tion, about 330 jobs will be cre­ated.”

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