RSA Government Objectives
A united and prosperous agricultural sector where people, livelihoods and natural resources are in a perfect balance.
- Growing the economy
- Job creation
- Economic empowerment
- Poverty alleviation
- Provincial Government Objectives (Provincial Growth and Development Strategy Priorities)
The overall objectives and priorities are contained in the revised Limpopo Growth and Development Strategy (LGDS) of the Limpopo Provincial Government.
The Limpopo province adopted five development objectives for itself whose performance indicators correspond to those of the Millennium Development Goals. These objectives are aimed towards facilitating economic growth and capital investment that will address the low absorption rate of the labour force into the economy as a matter of priority. These objectives are:
- The need to improve the quality of life of the population of Limpopo
- Develop the human resource potential of the province
- Improve health and social status of the population
- Reduce crime and corruption
- Meet the basic needs of the population
- Promote a safe and healthy environment
- Meet the needs of specific communities, women, elderly, youth, disabled and the marginalized
- Growing the economy of the province
- Poverty reduction
- Job creation
- Increase investment
- Develop and improve economic infrastructure
- Equitable redistribution of opportunities and productive resources
- Above average growth
- Attain regional integration
- Establish collaboration and partnerships with neighbouring states on areas of mutual benefit
- Enhance innovation and competitiveness
- Undertake research and development
- Improve capacity in knowledge base manufacturing
- Bridge the Digital Divide and build the Information Society in Limpopo
Limpopo Department Objectives / Priorities
The Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development(LDARD) aims to strategically mobilise, distribute and utilise those resources equitably and efficiently to achieve the four mentioned Government objectives, by supporting the agricultural sector.
The LDARD has identified and adopted twelve key strategic programme priorities, which are in line with the overall priorities as contained in the revised Limpopo Growth and Development Strategy (LGDS) (2005) of the Limpopo provincial government. The twelve priorities are:
- Restructuring of State Assets to empower farmers, communities and workers through Revitalisation of Smallholder Irrigation Schemes (RESIS) as well as projects under the Agricultural Rural Development Corporation (ARDC).
- Promotion and implementation of AgriBEE.
- Development and implementation of succession planning based on youth infusion into the agricultural sector.
- Promotion and development of appropriate research based production and value adding technologies for successful agri-businesses.
- Redistribution of agricultural land, capacitating beneficiaries and promoting sustainable commercial enterprises.
- Sustainable Graduating Poverty alleviation and household food security and nutrition strategies.
- Promotion and establishment of reliable information and communication strategy through information technology for knowledge and information sharing.
- Formation of farmer based commodity associations and other agri-business entities for farmer support to ensure full participation in local economic development opportunities.
- Provision of appropriate advisory support to develop and strengthen capacity of commodity association and other farmer formations.
- Promotion of sustainable natural resource utilisation and agricultural land use management.
- Animal production and health to improve livestock and also control animal diseases.
- Human Resource Development to increase knowledge, skills and competency of motivated officials
These programme priority areas encompass a strategy which targets different categories of clients in the farming community. These are:
- the vulnerable;
- subsistence communal farmers;
- emerging farmers and SMME-type agribusinesses and;
- the commercial farmers.
The realization of the priorities requires strategic partnerships, commitment and dedicated mentorship from all stakeholders to succeed. The available resources within the LDARD will provide solution to some of the challenges. However, other forms of support from partnerships will be required to enhance service delivery and to further push back the frontiers of poverty. In this regard the philosophy for sustainable development and service delivery in the Department is "Nothing about us, without us". Farmers must take this challenge and make the department to account.
The department's strategic support to the agricultural sector is participatory and demand led / driven. It is supported by four key service delivery approaches, namely:
- Municipality focused;
- Commodity based;
- Value chain analysis;
- Project based.