Glencore Eastern Mines committed $1.13 million to help develop agricultural activity from subsistence farming in the Greater Tubatse Municipality, Limpopo Province. The project works with local farmers, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Mineral Resources, and other stakeholders, to address local poverty, job
creation and nutrition among the Ga-Pasha community, through growing and selling fresh produce.
A local cooperative was registered in 2015, with three male and three female members. All had experience of growing mangoes, oranges, tomatoes, onions, cabbages, carrots, beetroot and spinach.
The project has 10 hectares available for producing field crops, in rotation with fruits and vegetables.
The project has been a success so far despite the current severe drought. It is currently selling its wares to local businesses and communities, as well as the regional hawkers’ association, at very competitive prices. Individual customers can buy fresh produce close to home, allowing them to improve their day-to-day nutrition. Small local farmers are engaged and selling their crops helps to stimulate the small-scale farming economy.