September 19, 2023

Department of Agriculture supports women farmers – South African Minister

The Ministry of Agriculture, Agrarian Reform and Rural Development was leading a number of programs aimed at ensuring women’s participation in agribusiness, Minister Thoko Didiza said in a webinar on Thursday.

Didiza said supporting women farmers is about strengthening the role women play in the country’s food security.

She said that one of the agribusiness programs aims to improve women’s knowledge in agriculture.

“We launched the Women in Agro-processing and Agribusiness program. Through this program, we want to expand women’s knowledge and entry into the agri-food sector. We do this to ensure that support mechanisms for women in agribusiness are available,” she said.

This year, the department piloted 100 women who entered the agro-industrial space.

“This pilot project will ensure that we learn from our interventions as well as from the women themselves,” she said.

Regarding markets and exports, she said there is an empowerment program that has been put in place to help farmers learn more about market operations.

“It allows farmers to know what the market needs both in terms of products, quality and volumes,” she said.

Every August, South Africa celebrates Women’s Month to honor the more than 20,000 women who marched to Union Buildings on August 9, 1956 to protest the extension of the Women’s Rights Acts. passes for women. Women’s Month allows government and society to focus on women’s rights. Final article

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