Michaels Children Village (MCV), an orphanage outside White River, is the latest project registered with Mpumalanga PALS. The 31 ha property, White River Agriculture Holdings, is on the Spioenkop road with 25 ha of arable land. MCV is an NPO and decided to subdivide the property, register the arable land in MCV Agriculture (Pty) Ltd and implement a PALS project looking at planting a high-density tree crop.
Mpumalanga PALS started to work on 20 farm projects assessed by ARC and situated in the Enhlanzeni, Gert Sibande and Hlanzini district municipalities, focusing on livestock, crop production, fruit and various nuts. Then there’s the project with Timothy Shongwe assisting him to find a strategic partner for Koffieplaas, Baberton district, a 300 ha farm with 100 ha water rights, ideal for beans, soya and other cash crops.
Prof Rafael Kutu introduced the University of Mpumalanga’s strategy for small farmer development. Small farmer development models as private-public partnerships will focus on key challenges to increasing productivity. PALS is a strategic partner to this strategy.