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This week, Minister Rob Davies visited our flagship store, On Nicol in Hurlingham, to launch the Organic Farmer/Retailer Programme.
This visit formed part of the food-processing workshop hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTIC) on 23 March in Bryanston, Johannesburg.
Pick n Pay is the first retailer to provide dedicated shelf space to organic produce in 50 stores countrywide as part of its contribution to the development of the organic-produce sector and emerging farmers.
“Supporting small, local farmers to become sustainable suppliers to the retail industry is the very mission of the Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation,” says Suzanne Ackerman-Berman, Director of Transformation at Pick n Pay.
“For many years, we’ve supported emerging farmers and small suppliers around the country – not only through providing much-needed market access, but also through mentorship and training programmes. We’ve also given them assistance with the acquisition of equipment, livestock and agricultural input requirements.”
According to Ackerman-Berman, part of Pick n Pay’s overarching produce strategy and vision is to support emerging farmers. To this end, their buying teams work closely with the Pick n Pay Foundation and other supporting bodies such as the DTIC, the Industrial Development Corporation and the National Empowerment Fund to develop and grow emerging farmers.
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