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Deputy Minister Bapela and the National House of Traditional Leaders a Part of RSA Delegation on a Study Tour to Benin, West Africa

The Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Mr Obed Bapela is part of the South African delegation visiting the Republic of Benin, from 1- 5 August 2019.

The national Ministries of CoGTA, Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Treasury and the National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL) in collaboration with United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation are currently on a study visit of the Songhai Integrated Bio Processing, Consumption and energy regional centers in Benin.

The purpose of the visit is to learn from the best practices in Agriculture, environment, land and aquaculture in Benin. The best practices and case studies in Agriculture are important for South Africa as the implementation of the agrarian revolution is gaining momentum led by traditional leaders who are at the forefront of improving the lives of their communities by leading socio economic activities and trying to end hunger.

Benin will provide good case studies for South Africa’s agrarian revolution as it is a tropical nation that is highly dependent on agriculture. Songhai aims to build the capacities of all Africans particularly the youth, women and farmers in economically and environmentally sustainable agribusiness and cottage industries.

“The Agrarian Revolution is envisaged to see an unprecedented increase in agricultural production by bringing in new agricultural practices and methods, ensure a productive use of arable land, promote food security and bringing in the previously disadvantaged communities into the agricultural space,” said Deputy Minister Bapela.

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