Oudtshoorn municipality hoping to groom 50 new black farmers

Three potential beneficiaries have already been identified for the project's pilot phase.

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CAPE TOWN - The Oudtshoorn municipality wants to groom 50 new black farmers by establishing an agri-park with the aim of boosting the Karoo town's economy.

The plan forms part of the town's recovery as Oudtshoorn was placed under administration.

The municipality's administrator, Kam Chetty, has told Eyewitness News, that over the past six months, Dutch investors have been in the town to train farmers.

Three potential beneficiaries have already been identified for the project's pilot phase.

Chetty says the next step is to identify young people in the community, especially women, to provide them with similar training and land.

"Over a period of between five to 10 years they will be able to come out of the incubator and stand on their own. The aim is to create 50 new black farmers who are sustainable."

He adds there are on-going discussions with ostrich, vegetable, fruit and wine farmers whose products could potentially be exported to the Netherlands.

Chetty says the agricultural hub will create job opportunities not only in the Klein Karoo, but also in the Southern Cape.