Premier David Makhura at the Gauteng 2017 Agri Food Festival.

JAMES MAHLOKWANE

Premier David Makhura is addressing hundreds of locals and stakeholders this morning at the Gauteng 2017 Agri Food Festival. 

Hundreds have convened at the Tshwane showgrounds where MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development Lebogang Maile outlined the purpose of the conference. 

Farmers have travelled from all over the province to listen to the keynote speaker.

Hundreds of vegetables and fruit have been offloaded in one of the halls in the premises for display.

This event makes history as the first Gauteng Agri Food Festival and is hoped to be one of many to come. 

MEC Maile said: "This initiative is very important. It's about creating a link between our farmers ad emerging farmers. It is also about creating access to the market," 

"The intention is not to create a parallel economy but to integrate our people into the main economy.

Maile added that: "Through technology, we can take agriculture into the next level."

Premier David Makhura at the Gauteng 2017 Agri Food Festival.


Premier Makhura said: "I can hear there are farmers in our mist. I want you to know how can we help you access the entire SADC region, not just South African alone, so that you are a farmer with a mission. A farmer with a purpose,"

Makhura said climate change is a big challenge in our country.

"Drought can ruin your produce and kill your cattle. Every farmer prays for rain but when it floods it's a problem,"

Makhura told the audience to value agriculture and innovation because today a lot of vegetables and fruit can be produced on the roof of a building depending on the design of the building. 

"Enough to feed a family and to sell. Some of you know about aquaponics," he added.