Eastern Cape communal wool producers excel

The South African wool industry achieved great success with agricultural development in the communal areas of the Eastern Cape during the past 19 years, according to Dr Louis du Pisani, NWGA national manager for product advice and development.

“The income realised by communal wool producers increased from R1,5 million in 1997/1998 to nearly R132 million in 2014/2015,” he said.

Du Pisani said the development programme positively impacted on the socio-economic conditions of the participating communities.

According to surveys conducted in this regard, income from wool and mutton sales comprised 47 % of all household income in 2004 and increased to 65% in 2016.

“The number of children going to bed hungry decreased from 43,1% in 2004 to 24% in 2015, while households with savings accounts increased from 56,9% in 2004 to 84% in 2015. The number of families that had to borrow money to pay for school fees decreased from 78,4% in 2004 to 48% in 2015,” according to Du Pisani.