Agriculture and Rural Development

Gauteng Department Budget for 2015-16

Vision

The vision of the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) as reflected in its revised 2014-2019 Strategic Plan is: An economically transformed agricultural sector and sustainable environmental management for healthy, food secure, developed rural and urban communities in Gauteng.

Mission

The mission of the GDARD as reflected in its revised 2014-2019 Strategic Plan is to radically modernize and transform agriculture, environment and rural development by:

  • Promoting environmental protection and management;

  • Expanding access to agricultural opportunities;

  • Maximising food security;

  • Up-scaling rural development;

  • Promoting the One Health System; and

  • Supporting sustainable livelihoods and communities.

Core functions

The department’s mandate is derived from Sections 24 and 27 and Schedules 4 and 5 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996. These deal with ensuring an environment that supports human well-being, conservation of the environment, provision of sufficient food and water, animal disease control, management of abattoirs and provision of veterinary services in the province

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