11 Sep 2013 

Government's newly adopted economic development programme, the National Development Plan (NDP) will take a centre stage at NERPO's 16th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Conference. The Chairperson of the ruling party's Economic Transformation Committee (ETC), Mr. Enoch Godongwana, National Planning Commissioner Prof Mohammad Karaan, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Mr. Lechesa Tsenoli as well as an International Economist from Nairobi Kenya Dr. Andrew Mude are among the key speakers who are invited to speak at this year's Conference.

Themed, "Aligning agricultural policies and strategies to the National Development Plan", speakers are expected to provide policy perspectives and insights on what the National Planning Commission (NPC).

The 2013 AGM and Conference will be held at St George Hotel and Conference Centre, Reitvleidam, in Tshwane. 

"As a major economic driver in the emerging livestock sector, it is always key that we align our strategies and programmes with government's economic policy. The agricultural sector remains key in the country's economy hence our resolute stance to engage extensively with government, the ruling party and captains of sector. This year's AGM provides our members with a perfect platform to extensively engage with the key drivers of the country's economic policy. After the Conference, our members should able to ask themselves, what is it that they can do to contribute to attainment of the country's economic development goals" so says, Dr. Langelihle Simela, Chief Executive Officer of NERPO.

Minister Lechesa Tsenoli is also expected to shed light on government's position on how communal land could be used efficiently in South Africa. 

"The NPC makes a recommendation for the creation of tenure security for communal farmers to enable flexible land use for different kinds of farming on communal land. We hope that the Minister will help us in unpacking this" Dr Simela added.

Statistics South Africa will also bring about context to the developing livestock sector as they are expected to "outline a progress that has been made with the compilation of an accurate national agriculture database, a crucial tool for benchmarking."

Dr. Themba Dlodlo, an accomplished Brahman and Nguni cattle breeder from Zimbabwe, will be sharing with the delegates, an on-the farm experience of how farmers can successfully earn a living on a sustained basis from the livestock enterprises.