Pretoria — SOUTH Africa Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies says his department has spent more than R1 billion over the past five years to support agro-processing because it is one of the manufacturing sub-sectors identified in the Industrial Action Policy Plan as a vehicle for value-addition to the country’s agricultural products.
“It is not by incident that since 2009 we have, as a department in the period we have supported agro-processing industries to the tune of R1.2 billion. Agro-processing is a critical element of our Industrial Policy Action Plan.
“Agro-processing is important because when you have an existing agricultural activity and you add value to the crops produced, through agro-processing that’s where the real income and real job opportunities lie,” said Davies.
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