Agricultural Development in Free State

Xhariep District

The focus of the Department of Agriculture in the Xhariep district includes the following;

  • Rehabilitation/Revitalisation of irrigation scheme and the establishment of new schemes
  • Crop Production under irrigation (Potato and potato seeds, maize, sunflower, wheat and vegetables) and Fodder production
  • On and Off Farm Infrastructure  development with special focus on: (i) Water reticulation,  (ii) Livestock production (Commonage development and Fattening units and Tannery, Abattoirs )
  • Agro-processing initiatives
  • Horticulture, specifically Grape production
  • Aquaculture, specifically fish projects (Bethulie, Springfontein, Jacobsdal and Koffiefontein)
  • Mechanisation through (i) encouraging entrepreneurship for people who can hire out tractors and (ii) Encourage and capacitate local communities to service tractors

Overview of Projects

Kopanong Local Municipality

  • The Department supported the Lebebe Dairy project located in Jagersfontein with additional dairy cows and water reticulation. The Kopanong piggery also received support with labour costs.

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Lebebe Dairy

  • The Tswellang Pele Bomme (Jagersfontein) project was supported with production inputs whilst the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs donated a bakkie to enable the distribution of produce for this project as well as the Lebebe Dairy.
  • The Bethany CPA near Edenburg was supported through investment in a shearing platform.
  • Commonage development was supported in Edenburg and Luckhoff (Letsemeng Local Municipality) with water reticulation. Fencing and labour were provided at the Phillipolis Commonage.
  • The Kwajola Trust (poultry) in Springfontein received support through broiler houses.
  • The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Reakhehele Fishery in Bethulie was funded by the Department through CASP funding.

Letsemeng Local Municipality

  • Operational inputs were provided for the Boitumelo Vineyard in Petrusburg.
  • Water reticulation / irrigation systems were completed at Conway Khuze that deals with vegetable production in the Petrusburg district.
  • The Salmon Trust (Petrusburg) was supported with the repair of shed for layers and outbuilding for layers as well as roadside marketing stall for layers and vegetables as well as an irrigation system for 6ha of land.
  • The Mahau Trust (Jacobsdal) was supported through the provision of an irrigation system of R1.4 million.

Mohokare Local Municipality

  • Water reticulation, fencing and stock-handling facilities were provided to the Lema-o-Phele project in Zastron.
  • The dairy parlour and equipment at the Lismore Dairy in Zastron were renovated.
  • Water reticulation, fencing and stock-handling facilities were provided to the Mabelle Trust in Zastron.

Motheo District

The focus of the Department of Agriculture in the Motheo district includes the following;

  • Agro-processing (Essential Oils, Tripe, Atchar, Weaving, Tannery, Abattoirs)
  • Livestock production focusing on (i) Improvement of quality of livestock, (ii) Pigs and Poultry, (iii) Small stock (Wool and Mohair), (iv) Fish projects and (v) Fattening Unit
  • Crop production, focusing on Vegetables and Cash crops (wheat, sunflower and maize)
  • Commonage and communal development (Trusts)
  • Mechanisation through encouraging entrepreneurship for people who can hire out tractors and encourage and capacitate local communities to service tractors

 Mangaung Local Municipality

  • Projects supported in Bloemfontein include; (i) Boichoko that focuses on beef production, (ii) Matsha Piggery Project, (iii) Molelletjhebelopele and (iv) Zoko.
  • In Botshabelo, projects supported include; (i) Iphahamiseng trust with boreholes, (ii) Mabotle CC and Tshepong CC that focus on beef production.
  • Project in ThabaNchu that received support include; (i) Kedmore Farm and Thabang Basotho dealing beef production, (ii) Mosepidi and Mothibi that deal with vegetable production, (iii)  the Woodbridge Fattening Unit (feedlot), (iv) Rethusitswe farm focusing on mixed farming, Iphahamiseng trust focusing on vegetable production
  • An irrigation system was provided at Uitkyk

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Mantsopa Local Municipality

Thitapoho (Tweespruit dealing with production of essential oils and vegetables) and Van der Merwe Trust (Hobhouse dealing with beef production) were supported.

Naledi Local Municipality

  • Commonage development was supported through investment in water reticulation for livestock.
  • Production input for vegetables was provided to Sunrise and electricy connection for Ipopeleng (focusing on layers) were provided.

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Sunrise

Lejweleputswa District

The focus of the Department of Agriculture in the Lejweleputswa district includes the following;

  • Agro-processing (Sault, Peanut butter, Tannery, Abattoirs)
  • Livestock production, including (i) Improving quality of livestock, (ii) Piggery, (iii)Poultry Hub (Bothaville, Welkom, Soutpan, Winburg, Allanridge and Wesselsbron), (iv) Small stock (Sheep) and (v) Fish projects
  • Crop production, including Vegetables and Cash crops (wheat, dry beans, sunflower and maize)
  • Commonage Development (Fattening units)
  • Mechanisation through encouraging entrepreneurship for people who can hire out tractors and encourage and capacitate local communities to service tractors

Lejweleputswa Poultry Projects

24 broiler houses were established in Bothaville, Welkom, Soutpan, Winburg, Allanridge and Wesselsbron.

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Masilonyana Local Municipality

  • Marematlou (mixed farming) were supported in Brandfort.
  • Ramoholi Trust was supported with shed and livestock handing facilities

Matjhabeng Local Municipality

  • Ntsu Piggery (Virginia) was assisted with production inputs.
  • Mantshatlala project, particurlaly, (Welkom vegetables) were also supported.
  • Thabong CPA Farmers (livestock) was supported with electricity supply and water reticulation

ThaboMofutsanyana District

The focus of the Department of Agriculture in the Thabo Mofutsanyana district includes the following;

  • Agro-processing (Peaches, Canning, Cherries, Apple, Tannery, Abattoirs)
  • Livestock production/Improvement through (i) Livestock Improvement: Beef Business System and quality of livestock, (ii) Dairy, (iii) Pigs and Poultry, (iv) Small stock (Milk goats, Wool and Mohair) and (v) Fish projects
  • Crop production (Vegetables, Cash crops  – dry beans, wheat, sunflower and maize –  and high quality seeds
  • Commonage development (Fattening/Feedlots units)
  • Mechanisation through encouraging entrepreneurship for people who can hire out tractors and encourage and capacitate local communities to service tractors

Dihlabeng Local Municipality

Mantshatlala Layer Project (building of 1000 layer unit) is supported by the Department.

Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality

The Diyatalawa project (mixed farming), Motebong Piggery, Mpho Preservation (vegetable processing) and Sesiu maize project (maize seed multiplication) were supported.

Nketoana Local Municipality

Fencing of 7 farms (68 kms) for the livestock improvement project in the Reitz, Arlington and Lindley districts were provided.

Setsoto Local Municipality

The Umpukani flora project (flower bud), Boiteko Farming Trust (mixed farming) and Setsoto handling facilities project (livestock) were supported.

Thabo Mofutsanyana District

A water reticulation project was implemented throughout the Thabo Mofutsanyana district.

Fezile Dabi District

The focus of the Department of Agriculture in the Fezile Dabi district includes the following;

  • Agro-processing (Tannery, Abattoirs)
  • Livestock production; (i) Improve on quality of livestock, (ii) Pigs and Poultry, (iii) Small stock (Mohair) and (iv) Fish projects
  • Crop production: Vegetables and Cash crops (wheat, dry beans, sunflower and maize)
  • Commonage development (Fattening/Feedlots units)
  • Mechanisation through encouraging entrepreneurship for people who can hire out tractors and encourage and capacitate local communities to service tractors

Mafube Local Municipality

A poultry project in Villiers, Itekeng Villiers dealing in poultry, was provided with cages, water reticulation, renovating of houses and the EIA. Two poultry projects in Frankfort (Mabahloki and Madihlofa) were also supported. Projects in Tweeling that received support included the Refeng Thabo Vegetable project and the Tweeling poultry project.

Metsimaholo Local Municipality

The Mokoena Family (livestock) and Itekeng Poultry Deneysville (poultry) and the Bopheloke Matla (Sasoburg – medicinal plants) were supported.

Moqhaka Local Municipality

The Mokonutlo Trust, Mphosi Trust and Lefona Trust (Kroonstad) and Sekekete Junior (Steynsrus) dealing with livestock were supported as well as a poultry project in Viljoenskroon.

Ngwathe Local Municipality

In Heilbron, projects supported included the livestock projects of the Motloung Trust and the Mthimkulu Trust as well as the Grow Together poultry project. A livestock project in Edenville (the Amankwane Trust) was provided with support. The Dhlomo Trust (Parys) was assisted with pipes, drinking troughs and reservoirs whilst the Parys / Vredefort commonage was also supported.

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