WC govt invests over R23m on increasing agricultural exports

MEC Alan Winde laid out some of the sector's targets to improve wine exports to China.

Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape government has invested more than R23 million to focus on increasing agricultural exports.

During his budget speech, Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde, today laid out some of the sector's targets to improve wine exports to China and secure Halaal food trade to the Middle East.

Winde says additional support will also be given to the more than 4,000 emerging farmers over the next three years.

"It's very encouraging from a growth point of view - it's really looking good. The focus is on land and residue testing so we can export dairy products to Europe, Halaal products into countries in the Middle East. We're also looking at marketing and market approaches to get our wines into Africa and China."

He adds that a further R109 million has been allocated to research spending to adequately prepare for the effects of climate change.

"We need to balance the support directly to farmers, especially emerging farmers, to research and to remain competitive and on the cutting edge."