The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, says that support from the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) to small-scale farmers in the cotton industry will lower the farmers' input costs by some 8 to 12%.
Small-scale cotton farmers from Limpopo and Mpumalanga received two cotton balers on Wednesday, 24 August 2022.
The handover of the baling machines in Matlerekeng Village, Limpopo, was made possible through the DSI's Agricultural Bioeconomy Innovation Partnership Programme (ABIPP). The Department and its entity the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) provided funding to CottonSA to procure the locally manufactured and assembled machines. The balers will assist smallholder cotton farming communities to save on cotton harvesting and transporting costs.
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