Strategy focuses on job creation in the rural areas

Speaking at the launch of the Animal Breeding and Reproductive Technology Platform (ABRTP), Dr Maneshree Jugmohan-Naidu, of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) said one of the key objectives was to create an ‘enabling environment’.

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DST’s bio-economy strategy is to get stakeholders and members from the private sector and academia to ensure that biotechnology research done in South Africa follows through to a commercially viable product.

Jugmohan-Naidu noted that the growing cashmere industry could possibly meet international demand and said that goats were under-utilised in SA.

“Attempts that have been made to commercialise indigenous knowledge systems have come from overseas rather than locally. We as South Africans should be patenting our own resources.”

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