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E Cape MEC: It’s Happening!  6 tons of seeds, 1,3 tons of Fertllizer and Fencing on Order for Province's Cannabis Farmers

E Cape MEC: It’s Happening! 6 tons of seeds, 1,3 tons of Fertllizer and Fencing on Order for Province's Cannabis Farmers

The Eastern Cape’s MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Nonkqubela Pieters says the Eastern Cape is forging ahead to support its rural cannabis farmers with cultivation material and fencing in the pipeline for them.

Cannabiz Africa and Tumi Makgale, Cape Town Today

1 May 2024 at 08:00:00

Speaking at the launch of the Eastern Cape cannabis initiative in partnership with Medigrow, Pieters said the province wanted to be a dominant force in cannabis production, aiming to control the entire production cycle, from planting the seeds to packaging the final products, all within Eastern Cape’s boundaries.


Pieters highlighted the potential of this emerging sector by discussing the assistance offered to more than 120 cannabis farmers in obtaining hemp permits. The provincial administration trained 126 cannabis cultivators and 20 agricultural advisors through the Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency (ECRDA), demonstrating its dedication to this burgeoning industry.


In an effort to further optimize the economic returns of cannabis farming, procurement of 6 tonnes of hemp seeds, 1,000 litres of herbicides, and 1.3 tonnes of fertilisers, along with fencing material, is in progress.


She said “These resources will be allocated among the farmers, equipping them to plant hemp and reap its economic rewards.”


The report below from Tumi Makgale, Cape Town Today, published on 30 April 2023.


Economic and Social Implications


At the 28 April 2024 Coega meeting MEC Pieters emphasized the importance of diversifying the province’s economy, supplementing the manufacturing sector that has played a crucial role in generating employment opportunities and aiding Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs). Viewing agriculture as the province’s economic dynamo, the cannabis strategy aims to leverage the collective strength of investors, financiers, entrepreneurs, and the government to promote a comprehensive economy.


True to its definition, an inclusive economy must proliferate to create opportunities for everyone. To realize this vision, Pieters stressed the importance of upgrading industrial capacity to meet the demands of both local and international markets. The investment in infrastructure, intended to drive economic transition and inclusive growth, is especially aimed to benefit the province’s youth and women.


Expressing her gratitude for Premier Mabuyane’s forward-thinking leadership, Pieters praised his guidance in steering the province towards this milestone initiative. From the onset of the 6th administration, Mabuyane had recognized the potential of the cannabis sector, and today, the rewards of this foresight are ripe for the picking.


In reference to Nelson Mandela’s speech at his farewell banquet in 1999, Pieters concluded with the belief that the African National Congress (ANC) possesses the capability to overcome any forthcoming challenges. She conveyed her confidence that the South African residents would continue to elect the ANC and uphold the achievements of democracy and freedom.


As the event drew to a close, Pieters restated the gathering’s purpose: for the Premier to disclose the cannabis investor, marking a new chapter of growth and prosperity for Eastern Cape and its residents. This significant event, in essence, signified the commencement of Eastern Cape’s Green Revolution, a leap towards cannabis commercialization, promising untapped economic prospects and inclusive growth.


1. What is the Eastern Cape’s strategy for the commercialization of cannabis?

The Eastern Cape’s strategy for the commercialization of cannabis involves controlling the entire production cycle from planting to packaging, aimed at diversifying the economy and creating employment opportunities. The province has already helped over 120 cannabis farmers obtain hemp permits.


2. How is the Eastern Cape investing in infrastructure to benefit the province’s youth and women?

The investment in infrastructure is intended to benefit the province’s youth and women, with the aim of promoting inclusive growth. The province views agriculture as the economic dynamo, and the cannabis strategy aims to leverage the collective strength of investors, financiers, entrepreneurs, and the government to promote a comprehensive economy.


3. How is the Eastern Cape promoting inclusive growth through the commercialization of cannabis?

The investment in infrastructure, intended to drive economic transition and inclusive growth, is especially aimed to benefit the province’s youth and women. By positioning itself as a dominant force in cannabis production, the province aims to diversify its economy and supplement the manufacturing sector, generating employment opportunities and aiding SMMEs.


4. How does the Eastern Cape plan to optimize the economic returns of cannabis farming?

In an effort to further optimize the economic returns of cannabis farming, procurement of 6 tonnes of hemp seeds, 1,000 litres of herbicides, and 1.3 tonnes of fertilisers, along with fencing material, is in progress. These resources will be allocated among the farmers, equipping them to plant hemp and reap its economic rewards.


5. What are the economic and social implications of the Eastern Cape’s cannabis strategy?

The Eastern Cape’s cannabis strategy aims to supplement the manufacturing sector that has played a crucial role in generating employment opportunities and aiding Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs). The investment in infrastructure is intended to drive economic transition and inclusive growth, especially aimed to benefit the province’s youth and women.


6. What is the significance of the Eastern Cape’s Green Revolution?

The Eastern Cape’s Green Revolution signifies the commencement of cannabis commercialization, promising untapped economic prospects and inclusive growth. The strategy lays the groundwork for cultivating a competent workforce, nurturing entrepreneurial concepts, stimulating innovation, and advancing research and development. By controlling the entire production cycle, the province aims to diversify its economy and supplement the manufacturing sector, generating employment opportunities and aiding SMMEs.

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