Communal farmers at Bofulo Trust Wool Sheep in Thaba Nchu in the Free State have been handed a sheep shearing facility to develop their business.
The project is funded by the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The provincial government has invested more than R2.5 million to help local farmers. “The government has helped us and we need to work as a collective. We need to improve the quality of our wool. They also encouraged us to send it to reputable dealers so that we receive better outcomes like last year,” says a beneficiary.
“I think as a community we will work together and work hard as we see that we are the ones that are important in this project – I’m very happy,” adds another local farmer. The ten beneficiaries have been urged to look after their livestock.
Free State MEC of Agriculture, Oupa Khoabane says, “It’s quite a number of families that are going to benefit out of this. Those that are taking part in the wool industry will benefit from this structure. So it’s quite a huge project that has serious impact to many families. Obviously the village life involves extended families, once that family benefit the whole lot of close relatives will benefit from this – so it’s having a very huge impact.”
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and other stakeholders are also providing support, training and infrastructure.