JOHANNESBURG - Beef farming has the potential to provide much needed jobs in South Africa, says the Trade and Industry Department.
Addressing farmers on Monday at the Uthukela Beef Value Chain workshop in Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal, Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Nomalungelo Gina said the red meat value chain has a potential to unlock employment and entrepreneurial opportunities.
The purpose of the workshop was to assist emerging farmers to grow and participate in the entire value chain of beef industry, which includes feedlots, abattoir, meat processing, as well as import and export.
“There is a huge market and job opportunities in the beef value chain that if it they are ignored they might slip through our fingers," said Gina.
"We need to coordinate all resources that can uplift the emerging farmers and also identify markets for those who are ready to export to all countries that import red meat from South Africa.”