Bergrivier Municipality

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Bergrivier Municipality

Agriculture is far and away the biggest sector in the municipality, delivering mainly on sheep, cattle and grain farming, but also in stud, pig and trout farms, as well as cultivated crops such as fruit, wine grapes, proteas, potatoes, waterblommetjies, vegetables and water melons. Agriculture is also easily the largest employer in the municipality, employing more than half of the working labour force. Most of the municipality’s industry is subsidiary to the agriculture sector, with various agroprocessing, packaging and bottling opportunities.

The only large-scale mining enterprise is a cement factory at De Hoek, although there is a salt reclamation works at Velddrif. The tourism industry has been identified for future economic growth in the region, in efforts to diversify the economy away from the strong agricultural reliance.

The West Coast District Municipality is seeking investment in an Organic Buchu and Essential Oils Plants Cultivation Project in the Piketberg area of the Bergrivier Municipality. The area has been identified as the ideal environment for the cultivation of these plants, and already the region is supporting some successful small enterprises in buchu production and essential oils processing. An amount of R250 000 has been requested from the District, and additional investment is called for from interested parties, to fund the venture properly, so as to ensure a sustainable and profitable business operation.

The site is located at Goedverwacht and is about 40 hectares in size. The land is leased from the church authority. The project will create employment specifically for women, and will encourage emerging farmers in the region to participate in skills and knowledge transfer, as well as driving the local economy in the rural communities within the municipality.

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