AGRICULTURE NEWS - Stakeholders in the agriculture sector welcomed the amalgamation of the Ministry of Agriculture with the Ministry of Rural Development, as well as the newly appointed minister.
On Wednesday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that Thoko Didiza would serve as the minister of the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development.
Didiza previously held the same position under former president Thabo Mbeki. Didiza will be assisted by two deputy ministers, namely Sdumo Dlamini and Mcebisi Skwatsha.
Dan Kriek, president of Agri SA, said that the organisation looked forward to working with Didiza on issues such as disease control, insurance, the establishment of an agricultural development fund in partnership with the private sector, and productive drought and disaster mitigation measures.