Index Aberdeen Piggery project creates sustainable incomes
Date Added: 31 October 2012

The Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP) is a collective strategy of government in the fight against poverty, hunger, unemployment and lack of development in rural areas.

It is an embodiment in government’s unshaken commitment that it shall not rest, and dare not falter, in its drive to eradicate poverty, for as long as there are communities without clean water, decent shelter or proper sanitation and for as long as there are rural dwellers unable to make a decent living from the land on which they live.

Based on these commitments, the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform is developing rural areas by focusing on improving people’s economic and social status through addressing hunger and poverty. When farmers grow more food and earn a higher income, they can achieve self-sufficiency and live better lives.

One particular project is the Aberdeen Piggery project, which is located at Lotusville, just outside of Aberdeen in the Camdeboo Local Municipality. Originally started by 16 members, with only 11 remaining today (10 men and 1 female), the initiative has four piggery structures, with 100 units per structure, a borehole and is well-fenced.

The Aberdeen Piggery business has successfully created opportunities, including jobs to address poverty and unemployment in Aberdeen – a small town that is faced with a high rate of unemployment. About 27 other casual job opportunities have also been created through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), in conjunction with this project.

A mentor was also appointed by the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform with the aim of improving the pig production and income generation. The members of the project have also received training in agricultural production, marketing and sales.

In 2009/10, the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform also supported the project with the supply of 95 piglets, feed and vaccines as well as equipment such as spades, rakes, wheelbarrows and a water tank. The Camdeboo Local Municipality, through its Local Economic Development (LED) plan, provided the group with land for a period of 10 years.

David Cuthu, a member of the project, notes that the success of the business demonstrates the saying of “Together we can do more to create sustainable, equitable and vibrant rural communities.”

Government remains steadfast in its commitment to assist the most vulnerable communities. The Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform has been mobilising partnerships between the three tiers of government, business, civil society and residents in rural communities and continue to provide a competitive edge in their collective efforts to bring meaningful and lasting changes to the lives of poor communities.