Agricultural Economics

The primary purpose of the unit is to guide agricultural projects or ventures about sound business practices that will ensure sustainability of the enterprises. The unit has over the years given support service on maize production in sites spread throughout the district, as well as on medium scale broiler production units at Mbizana, Qaukeni and Ntabankulu local municipalities that feed into the Mbizana chicken abattoir. The unit is currently working on developing a turnaround strategy for the Lambasi community production centre in Qaukeni local Municipality.

Objectives

  • To determine the viability of proposed enterprise
  • Alert farmers or business unit members to industry norms against which to benchmark
  • To track progress towards the realisation of goals, remedy deviations from planned performance
  • To facilitate the acquisition of a variety of implements by our emerging contractors
  • Identification and analysis of problems. Make appropriate recommendations

Key Performance Areas

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Farm business advice
  • Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Contractor empowerment
  • Research surveys