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According to the National Development Plan, agriculture has the potential to create close to one million jobs by 2030, a significant contribution to the overall employment target. This target can be achieved through expanding irrigated agriculture; converting underused land in communal areas and land reform projects to commercial production; supporting commercial agriculture sectors and regions that have the highest potential for growth and employment; supporting job creation in the upstream and downstream industries; and developing strategies that give new entrants access to product value chains and support from better-resourced players. Thebe's strategic intent in the agriculture sector is closely aligned to the objectives of the NDP. Thebe's food services business unit intends to build a significant food services company by 2020. Key to this strategic intent are four drivers: food production and exports; food processing and distribution; food marketing; and an emerging farmers de...

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