Eksteenskuil Raisin Incubator Project
The Eksteenskuil Raisin Incubator Project will address the above challenges through a comprehensive farmer incubation system. The Eksteenskuil Cooperative aims to develop 55 farmers through a Raisin Incubator program which it will support with technical aspects, market access & management, administration, financial advice, farmer developmental training, logistics as well as institutional support to become profitable production units. The incubation of these 55 units will make use of 200 hectares of land owned by incubates.
The ultimate objective of the project is to stimulate economic growth in the agricultural sector by creating a more competiveness environment, using small and emerging farmers as the mechanism for the growth. The knock on effect of this is sustainable jobs and better livelihood for the people of Northern Cape which is one of the most impoverished areas.
Department of agriculture planted 41.08 hectares from 2012 – 2016. The EU planted 3 hectares in 2009. The NDA planted 17.4 wine grapes in 2010. The Jobs Fund project planted 222 hectares from 2013 to 2016. The Jobs Fund plantings will produce 1300 – 1400 tons of raisins. The Jobs Fund project was funded by Jobs Fund and IDC.