Latest News - AfDB PRESIDENT IMPRESSED WITH LUSIP
6 September, 2019
- The AfDB president Akinwumi Adesina visited LUSIP on the 1st of September 2019 to determine positive impacts of the bank’s substantial investments into the LUSIP initiative. The initiative covers a total hectarage of 11 500 for both LUSIP phase 1 & 2 and seeks to benefit over 30 000 beneficiaries with a diversified range of agricultural produce that complements the main crop of sugar cane. The president and his team from AfDB was met by the Minister of Agriculture Hon. Jabulani Mabuza with his delegation as well as ESWADE CEO Mr. Samson Sithole with his delegation. The tour of LUSIP started at the project’s main office at Siphofaneni where the CEO of ESWADE welcomed guests and LUSIP Project Manager briefed them on the overall picture of LUSIP. Areas visited included the Lukhetseni packhouse where harvested banana from two established Farmer Companies i.e. Luphiko LwaMgwagwa & Babili Farmers is graded and packed for mainly export. Complementary, the HVCHP project at Sdzakeni which has recently started with plantations of banana and other veggies was also visited. The Lubovane Reservoir, dubbed the heartbeat of LUSIP, was visited to determine the management of structures and strategies put in-place for sustainability. The Minister of Agriculture was mostly fascinated by the diversification which impressed the AfDB president in such a way as to wish that other countries in Africa would too copy the LUSIP model.
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