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AGRICULTURE TARGETING 15 PER CENT GROWTH TO GDP

By Qondile Ntiwane | 2019-05-15

The ministry of agriculture is targeting a 15 percent contribution to the country’s GDP in the next five years.

Agriculture is one of the five key areas mentioned in the Kingdom of Eswatini Strategic Roadmap for 2019-2023 launched by Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini at the Royal Swazi Spa Convention Centre on Monday.

Making his presentation, Minister of Agriculture Jabulani Mabuza highlighted that it was time that the country commercialises agriculture. He noted that agriculture currently contributes nine per cent to GDP and that the target was to increase it to 15 per cent. He said the same applied to employment in the ministry which also sits at nine percent and will be increased to 15 per cent.

He added that the country would have to build more dams in order to to irrigate 30 hectares as this would go a long way in boosting the economy.

“The target is to finish LUSIP 2 project by 2020 and also work on the Mkhondvo-Ngwavuma dam. We are also looking at building 20 or more small dams in the next five years,” he said.

The minister further mentioned the need to improve food security as well as tractor hire services.

“As a ministry we need to work hard in improving agriculture export and the target is moving from the production of 80 million litres of milk to 100 million litres. We are also looking at improving baby vegetable production as well as beef and goat production and processing,” he said.

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