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westerncape thumb medium80 80Cape Argus reports that, despite the drought, more than 125,000 jobs have been added to the Western Cape’s agri-processing and agriculture sectors since the launch of the province’s Project Khulisa growth strategy in 2014.  

Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde, the government team driving the strategy and Wesgro this week delivered a mid-term update on Project Khulisa.  To achieve the project’s target of adding 100,000 jobs to the agri-processing sector and growing the gross value add (GVA), three initiatives were identified, namely, capturing a large share of the global halaal market for the Western Cape; increasing wine export to China and Angola; and improving the production capacity for domestic and key strategic markets.  Winde said 127,497 jobs had been added to the agri-processing and agriculture sectors and GVA grew by R179 million.  Wesgro’s agri-business unit had secured investments in excess of R1.4billion, exceeding its three-year target of R1.1bn.  

A key objective of the growth strategy was to expand access to the agri-processing and agriculture sectors and Winde commented:  “I am also especially pleased to announce that we’ve expanded access to the industry through transformation projects and support for emerging farmers.”

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