Media Statements

  • FAO Programme Helps To Boost Food Production
    November 11, 2014 at 10:23 a.m

    Fighting hunger cannot be accomplished by a single stakeholder but it needs a collective effort where farmers, various departments and key stakeholders play a crucial role in addressing the current challenges in food production.

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  • The Reward of Committed Farmers
    November 10, 20134 at 09:21 a.m

    The Department of Agriculture, Rural Development Land and Environmental Affairs (DARDLEA) in partnership with Agricultural Research Council (ARC) and Deciduous Fruit Development Chamber of South Africa (DFDC), had seen a need of bringing together farmers who are specializing with apple production and those who are interested in the commodity to come and learn from other stakeholders.

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  • Ploughing Season Launch - Kubhunya Lutfuli...
    November 04, 2014 at 13:58 p.m

    As the slogan of the Department say, “Kubhunya Lutfuli, Kusephuka Tidzindzi, Siyalima eMpumalanga”, this was literal phenomenon as MEC Andries Gamede officially launched the ploughing season during the Provincial World Food Day commemoration which was held in Lefisoane Village at Dr J.S Moroka Municipality which is a CRDP municipality on 30 October 2014.

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  • Young People Can Be Farmers Too
    September 08, 2014 at 10:05 a.m

    Mr F.J Sibeko is from Kalkoen Krans in Amersfoort in Gert Sibande District. He is well known for his interest in uplifting emerging farmers and the youth, especially graduates. During the week, his farm is full of graduates and community members who have an interest in agriculture, and aspirant farmers. The farmer goes an extra mile just to offer trainings to graduates and the community.

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  • Beef Cattle Farmers Day
    September 08, 2014 at 09:46 a.m

    The Department of Agriculture, Rural development, Land and Environmental Affairs (DARDLEA’s)  Emakhazeni Municipality in conjunction with ALZU FEEDS held a farmer’s day for Beef Cattle farmers in Belfast Alzu Depot to inform farmers on proper winter feeds, especially when they start experiencing deficiency of nutrients in grazing.

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  • Perfect Exhibitions at Mkhondo Imbizo
    July 23, 2014 at 16:10 p.m

    The displays at the Imbizo organised by the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs (Dardlea) in Emahhashini just outside Piet Retief Mkhondo on 19 July 2014, was just perfect.  Big companies like TWK, Afgri, including other sister Departments heeded the invitation by the Dardlea to take advantage of the opportunity and bring their services to the people of Mkhondo through exhibitions.

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  • CRDP Scooped 2nd Prize in the 2013 All Africa Public Sector Innovation Awards (AAPSIA)
    July 30, 2013 at 11:49 a.m

    Provincial CRDP Coordinator sells Comprehensive Rural Development Programme

    Out of the 97 projects from the different African Countries which entered into the All Africa Public Sector Innovation Awards (AAPSIA) in Congo Brazzaville, the Mpumalanga Provincial Government’s Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP) scooped the 2nd runner-up with Kenya scooping the 1st prize and was also the overall winner.

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  • Lowveld College of Agriculture produces yet another group of graduates
    April 23, 2013 at 15:49 p.m

    The Lowveld College of Agriculture in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Administration (Dardla) held its 21st graduation ceremony on Friday the 22nd of March 2013. Lecturers, proud family members and stakeholders, gathered at the College to witness and celebrate the success of the 78 graduates after they successfully completed their Diplomas.

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  • Provincial CRDP Coordinator sells Comprehensive Rural Development Programme
    April 23, 2013 at 15:37 p.m

    The Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP) in Mpumalanga has grown in leaps and bounds since its inception in Mkhondo Municipality in 2009, thanks mainly to the tireless efforts of a dedicated coordinating team ably marshalled by Ms Nelisiwe Sithole who heads the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Administration in Mpumalanga.

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  • Provincial CRDP Coordinator sells Comprehensive Rural Development Programme
    April 23, 2013 at 15:37 p.m

    The Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP) in Mpumalanga has grown in leaps and bounds since its inception in Mkhondo Municipality in 2009, thanks mainly to the tireless efforts of a dedicated coordinating team ably marshalled by Ms Nelisiwe Sithole who heads the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Administration in Mpumalanga.

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  • Ploughing for subsistence in rural areas is the order of the day
    April 23, 2013 at 15:33 p.m

    The Bushbuckridge Municipality is known of its poor economic drivers which results in poverty and the lack of job opportunity in the area. However, agriculture and/or farming is highly practiced in the area; local people believe that farming can help fight hunger and poverty.

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  • Giba CPA's Redevelopment plan at an advance stage
    April 23, 2013 at 15:30 p.m

    Mbombela - The GIBA CPA is returning to its glory after the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Administration (Dardla) vigorously implemented its Master Development Plan intended to revitalize the farm and increase production. The banana-producing farm, acquired through the Restitution programme in 2003, was once among the largest suppliers and leading farms in the country.

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  • School to produce its own fresh vegetables
    April 23, 2013 at 15:17 p.m

    In an effort to encourage learners and communities to take care of their environment and livelihood, the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Administration (Dardla) has acted steadily to reintroduce the Junior LandCare programme in schools to promote a healthy environment, food security and skills development.

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  • President Zuma's initiative bears fruits
    February 07, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Away from the madding crowd with the splendor that is often reserved for big government events conspicuously missing and the glare of the media nonexistent, Etombe, an obscure village in Mkhondo Municipality bordering the Kwazulu-Natal province, played witness to what was probably the first installment of pledges made for President Zuma’s brain child aptly coined the Masibambisane Rural Development Initiative (MRDI).

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  • Skills training a cornerstone of development
    February 07, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Nkomazi -Skills training is the keystone of development in transforming the lives of the small scale and emerging farmers that came to light when Cotton SA in partnership with the Department of Agriculture Rural Development and Administration (Dardla) honoured all the farmers that participated in the skills development initiative.

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  • Dardla sponsored international symposium
    February 07, 2013 at 09:53 am

    The 4th International Symposium on Litchi, Longan and Other Sapindaceae Fruits, held from 3-6 December 2012 at the Winkler Hotel in White River, turned out to be a huge success. The provincial Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Administration (DARDLA) sponsored the symposium which was organized by the South African Litchi Growers’ Association (SALGA) and the Agricultural Research Council - Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Crops (ARC-ITSC), under the auspices of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS).

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  • Cattle mortalities in Nkangala a cause for great concern
    October 01, 2012 at 09:15 am

    The MEC for the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Administration has voiced her concerns following the unfortunate cattle mortality experienced by farmers in the Nkangala District in the month of September this year.

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  • Stakeholders meet to consolidate CRDP Strategy at Lowveld College of Agriculture
    October 01, 2012 at 10:55 am

    For as long as the majority of our people are still bedevilled with a myriad of social ills, we shall not rest and we dare not falter in our drive to eradicate poverty.” Fitting words expressed by honourable MEC KC Mashego Dlamini, setting the tone for stakeholders who on 17 July 2012 converged at the Lowveld College of Agriculture for a summit which was organized by The Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Administration.

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  • Provincial abattoir rating scheme (PARS) in Middleburg
    September 19, 2012 at 8:35 am

    The Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Administration (DARDLA) in conjunction with Veterinary Services will be hosting the Provincial Abattoir Rating Scheme (PARS) Awards Ceremony. The event is aimed at awarding provincial abattoirs that ensure the correct application of the Hygiene Assessment System as it became a legal requirement in 2000, thus being included in the Meat Safety Act 40 and Regulations

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  • 4th International symposium on lychee, longan and other sapindaceae fruits in White River
    September 15, 2012 at 13:55 am

    The Fourth International Symposium on Lychee, Longan and other Sapindaceae fruits, will be held from 2-6 December, 2012, at the Winkler (Protea) Hotel, White River, South Africa. The aim of this international symposium is to expose various role players within the industry, including scientists, growers, students, professionals and extensionists to the most recent innovations within the industry whether they be of an economic or scientific nature.The symposium follows the third International Symposium on these fruits held in Fuzhou, China, in 2008.

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  • Annual Research Day at Lowveld Research Council (LRC), Mbombela Municipality
    August 10, 2012 at 7:42 am

    The Department of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Administration (DARDLA) in conjunction with Farmer Support and Development and the organised Agriculture will be hosting a Provincial Research Open Day later this week. The event is aimed at providing an opportunity to small farmers in the region, to see trials and demo plots of crops grown traditionally as well as the performance of newly introduced crops.

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