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June 19, 2011

Fruit irrigation schemes in South African province to receive new funds

An amount of R25 million will be used to revitalise three irrigation schemes in Mpumalanga's (South Africa) Bushbuckridge area to boost citrus and banana production in three villages.

"Commitment from the community will ensure that the 3,000 hectares is put back into production," said a spokesman. More funding was expected from private investors to help with the three projects.

He said the first phase of the Champagne irrigation scheme was already completed, allowing for an additional 200 hectares of citrus cultivation.

...a further R10 million to kick-start the revitalisation of the Ngogolo, Mbhunu B, Nhlangu East and West sugarcane projects in Komatipoort.

"This will help integrate local farmers throughout the value chain and take advantage of the developed infrastructure around the Maputo Corridor, the proximity to Mozambique, Swaziland and other South African Development Community countries...,"


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