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Funding for chicken farmers
​A chicken shed in ward 82 which is managed by a local
cooperative. The initiative is meant to uplift and promote local
economic development.
THE CITY has provided training and funding to a cooperative from uMlazi. This comes as an effort to assist these emerging farmers who intend on starting chicken farming projects to produce eggs.

This is one of the City’s attempts to bridge the gap between commercial and emerging farmers, particularly those from previously disadvantage communities. The City aims to reduce dependency on state support and ensure transformation in the agricultural sector. “It is crucial that assistant and funding is provided for individuals and groups that have an interest in small scale farming. 

When I was approached by the group wanting to go into chicken farming, I contacted Zibambele Poverty Alleviation Programme and the Chairperson of the Community Services Committee Councillor Zama Sokhabase to assist the group with skills on small scale farming and funding,” said ward 82 Councillor Kumakwabo Dladla. Councillor Dladla said: “The chickens have already started to produce eggs and they are being sold to the local community.

The plan is to expand and to sell to big retailers.” He added that the farming project will boost township economy. “Other members of the community can also learn from these entrepreneurs who took an initiative to join this challenging industry with the potential of creating sustainable jobs. In the next two months we are planning to officially launch this project to the community,” he said.

zabanguni.khuzwayo@durban.gov.za 
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