Eastern Cape Feasibility Of Catalysing Honeybush Tea Production | WWF South Africa


 
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Feasibility Of Catalysing Honeybush Tea Production On Fallow Fiels In The Fynbos Region Of The Eastern Cape

The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) together with the Eastern Cape’s Department of Economic Development and Environmental Affairs (DEDEA), have commissioned a detailed and comprehensive Sustainability Report on sustainable wild harvesting which includes estimates of standing stocks of wild plants, training and the establishment of co-operatives.

They have also commissioned a Business Development Plan for use by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) aimed at dealing with, among other topics, wild harvesting, co-operatives, and market analysis.

Langkloof has an estimated 95% unemployment rate, and the plan’s focused on developing plans to help bridge the unemployment gap by ensuring sustainability in farming.

The plan recommends the:

  • Formation of co-operatives to protect workers
  • Support for cultivation, in particular the piloting of a few projects
  • Aggressive marketing of honeybush in order to ensure its profitability and sustainability

This project proposal will provide support for cultivation by co-ordinating the supply of young plants by Working for Water. It also aims to broadly stimulate cultivation by planning pilot planting.

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