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National Red Meat Development Programme: 3rd beef cattle farming indaba report, 2013
18 September 2014

For the past three years, the Beef Cattle Indaba has been organised by the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) through the programme called the National Red Meat Development Program (NRMDP). The first Indaba was held at Fort Cox College King Williams Town in 2011, the second in 2012 at Mount Frere Elugangeni Village, and the final Indaba held in 2013 at Ngcobo in Ncorha Flats Queenstown. The BFC as customary known in the Eastern Cape Province, involves a tour of the custom feeding programme, explains the operations of the programme (from cattle intake to sales) and the technical assistance granted by the NAMC and government departments.

Since its inception, the Beef Cattle Farming Indaba has attracted leading government personalities and in 2011, the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Lulu Johnson was the first honoured guest to deliver a key note address. The 2012 BFC Indaba also served as a catalyst to rear strong government and local authority involvement in the programme. For the first time, the Indaba attracted the various Eastern Cape Province provincial kingdoms and chiefdoms. This paved way for the Honourable Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Mr Gugile Nkwinti to deliver a keynote address in 2013.

Such is the importance of the BFC that in 2012, a decision was taken moving forward, to host an evening cocktail function for every Indaba. This was done to raise business awareness of the viability of the NRMDP and promote its sustenance to local meat retailers and government. In its first year (2012), the guest speaker was the NAMC CEO Mr. Ronald Ramabulana, while in 2013 a line-up of speakers included the Executive Mayor of Lukhanji Local Municipality, the Executive Mayor of Chris Hani District Municipality, the Deputy Director-General of the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, and the Senior Manager of the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian reform. It needs to be noted that the NRMDP Manager was the guest speaker for the event.

Through our stakeholder engagements, testament can be given that the NRMDP especially its outreach leg (Beef Cattle Farming Indaba), is one of the yearly flagship programmes of the NAMC that has direct effect on marketing of livestock from subsistence farmers. It has received assistance from a number of government departments and is earmarked to be one of the programmes that will have an enormous potential. This is the second report presented by the Agricultural Trusts Division on the annual Beef Cattle Farming Indaba.

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