The Jobs Fund is the Deciduous Fruit Development Chamber’s commercialization programme which started in 2016 and is aimed at graduating a group of smallholder farmers to commercial status by 2020. The Jobs Fund (JF) is on its second year of implementation with another two years to go before completion. Currently there are 21 entities in the programme. The programme aims to establish and/or replace 315 new hectares of orchards that will result in the creation of 504 new jobs. To date the programme has established 100 ha in different regions, with implements, machinery and upgrades to infrastructure at different entities. This initiative has created 120 permanent jobs and about 800 seasonal jobs – in line with the increase in hectares planted. 301 people have been trained for different aspects relating to their farming enterprise.

Kennisgapings is vroeg reeds by die verskillende entiteite geïdentifiseer en verskeie eksperts is ingebring om enige probleemkwessies wat ‘n potensiële risiko vir die program as geheel kan inhou, op te los en waar nodig bystand te verleen. Die doel is om alle JF-boere Global Gap- en SIZA-geakkrediteer te kry teen die einde van die program om te verseker dat hulle toegang kan hê tot enige mark van hul keuse hetsy plaaslik of internasionaal. Verdere markverwante opleiding word beplan om te verseker dat boere die hele waardeketting van hul produk verstaan en nie slegs op produksie gefokus is nie.

A clean annual audit was obtained with a mid-term monitoring and evaluation review underway. The drought situation in the Western Cape has caused concerns for the fruit industry as whole but the Jobs fund farmers have found ways to mitigate the impact and continue with production.

Vanjaar het Ricard Myburgh van Starking Fruit Packers, ‘n Jobs Fund-begunstigde, die Toyota Nuwe Toetreder-toekenning vir 2017 gewen. Hy sluit aan by drie ander JF-begunstigdes wat die toekenning in vorige jare gewen het, naamlik  André Cloete in 2016, Jacky Goliath in 2015 en Trevor Abrahams in 2014. ‘n Ander JF-begunstigde, Errol April, is deur die Sagtevrugtebedryf vereer en het die Nuwe Toetreder-toekenning vir 2017 by die Gala-aand ontvang.

Find more stories about our Jobs Fund achievers in our NEWSROOM > Industry News.

Die Jobs Fund bestuurder is: Halalisiwe Msigmango, kontak haar by halalisiwe@hortgro.co.za

Vir meer inligting oor die nasionale program, gaan na: http://www.jobsfund.org.za/

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