Agriculture and Rural Development

Gauteng Department Budget for 2015-16


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.


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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