17 November 2018


Dikgosi welcome Agrarian Revolution programme

by: Vusi Kama          date: 20 july 2018

The Agrarian Revolution programme introduced by government is a boom for traditional communities as it is an empowerment tool to help dikgosi and the people make the best of what they have. So says Chairperson of the North West House of Traditional Leaders, Kgosi Moshe Mabe.
Kgosi Mabe was reacting to a presentation to dikgosi from across Bokone Bophirima province made by the national Department of Traditional Affairs in Mahikeng.
Dikgosi at the meeting agreed to adopt the programme as an empowerment tool for their communities.

Explaining the rationale behind the programme, Chief Director for Institutional Support at the Department of Traditional Affairs, Lerumo Morule, told the meeting that the revolution was “a government-led programme which seeks to accelerate agricultural development through extending the number of participants in agricultural production”.

During his State of the Nation Address (Sona) in February this year, President Cyril Ramaphosa, made a pronouncement on the need to grow the number of producers within the agricultural sector. The matter was further debated at the National House of Traditional Leaders. 

The notion is also in line with resolutions of the Indaba of Traditional Leaders to expand socio-economic opportunities.
At the heart of the programme is the involvement of rural communities who will be employed to de-bush and clear the velds in preparation for ploughing. They will also be trained in the management of fields, up to the point of production and taking produce to the markets.

The Agrarian Revolution programme will be working closely with other existing government programmes and stakeholders. 

“It is a good programme because it puts dikgosi at the centre of development in their communities. It also addresses issues such as hunger and the reduction of unemployment in our communities. We back this initiative,” said Kgosi Mabe.