District-wide stone-fruit project
Location: Joe Gqabi District, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Nearest Towns/Cities: Aliwal North, Sterkspruit, Burgersdorp
Project Stage: Project Investigation/project Feasibility/Business Case Complete
Land Use Categories: Agriculture
Type of Private Sector involvement required: Public-Private-Partnership, Equity partners/Investors
The Joe Gqabi District Municipality (JGDM) presents numerous agricultural enterprise opportunities, including stone fruit (especially peaches) which are highly suitable for the region (Senqu Local Municipality). In Senqu Local Municipality peaches are produced by households in their small gardens mostly for consumption and to sell the surplus.
There has been no commercialization of the peach produce in the area or even produced at a larger scale, nor has the quality of the current produce been tested for formalized markets. Therefore, the project aims to formalize the production of peaches and integrate the producers in the area into formal markets.
Primary Drivers for the project
- Formalization and consolidating the market for stone fruit growers within the district.
- Enabling communities to join formal economic mainstream for stone fruit value chain.
- Creation of job opportunities.
Estimated number of jobs to be created: 30+
Potential investment partners are encouraged to send their details and a brief introduction to the Joe Gqabi Economic Development Agency (JoGEDA):
Please Ref. Stone Fruit Project when replying. Thank you.