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Thursday , 1 6 February 2023

With South Africa s agriculture being one of the world s most diverse sectors , there is a growing demand toimprove subsistence farming or informal small scale farming. Trade and Marketing information is essential for farmers who wish to become fully market orientated and ensure that their production is in line with market demand. To respond to this demand, t he North West Department of Agriculture and Rural Development rec e ntly hosted a capacity building workshop in Bojanala District to assist farmers from Madibeng Local Municipality plan their
production and marketing activities in accordance with market needs, as well as to participate effectively in the markets.

The workshop emphasized on enhancing the accessibility of the agricultural trade and marketing information to farmers in the horticult ural sector, the information session wa s essential for farmers who wish to become fully market orientated so that their productio n is in line w ith the market demand. The availability of reliable market information help s farmers reduce the risks associated with marketing, decide where to sell their produce, check whether the prices they are offered are in line with market prices, and decide whether or not to store, or grow produce out of season ” or grow different products. Amongst others, the presentations highlighted the u se of chemicals for pest control a ccess to market prices ; br oad strategic guidance on how to correctly price products in o rder to compete in the market ; a c cessing international markets ; h ow to supply othe r countries and the need for products to be of international standards .

as well as b randing a nd development of business plan s Welcoming th e informative session one of the farmers , Ms Thato Dibetso , a sweet potato farmer in the area appreciated the workshop and said it met her expectation s . T he presenters engagements were very informative and helpful. I think extension officers must be provided with the information in order to assist us at the ground  level because not all farmers were part of the workshop and this would allow interactions on a regular basis ,,”
said Dibetso.

Another farmer, Thabo Mogale also vouched for the information sharing session as he emphasized that it was mo re insightful and assisted in broadening his know ledge on accessing marketing information . The Department through the Directorate: Economics is intensifying efforts to assist farmers to get formal markets for their trade. Production of many farmers has been marred by marketing as a challenge and the department will move across the province to have empowerment sessions for farmers to be informed on marketing standards and requirements, and all trade negotiations and agreements including market access and facilitation of trade for products The Department would a lso in the later stage host the provincial Agricultural Market Access Summit for
smallholder farmers. The aim is to facilitate and link smallholder farmers in the province to intended market opportunities

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Enquiries: Ms Emelda Setlhako
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