The Manyeding Agricultural Cooperative is nestled in the southern part of the Northern Cape’s Joe Morolong Local Municipality which forms part of the John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality. The historic and picturesque town of Kuruman is our nearest economic hub and niche market. The village of Manyeding falls under the jurisdiction of Ba-Ga Jantjie Tribal Authority.
We have a proud history and we continue to strive for excellence. Our goal is to be a shining beacon of a rural cooperative that has achieved economic empowerment for its beneficiaries and food security through productive and sustainable organic farming. Therefore; we take pride in sharing this history with you:
- During 1940s, an earth drainage furrow was constructed to reticulate water from Manyeding eye to the area presently occupied by the Cooperative.
- Farmers used to plant maize, groundnuts, beans and other produce during that time, and the production was relatively low.
- In 1981-1998 production was formalized to some extend and area of 121,7 ha was developed into a rice project with owners of the land being participants. Our then bantustan government of Bophutatswana introduced Chinese nationals as managers of the project.
- In 1988 the Chinese managers were withdrawn and the project went down the drain with the land lying fallow ever since 1989.
- In September 2009, Kumba Iron Ore, Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development and the Manyeding community identified a need to launch a successful vegetable enterprise in the area.
- Ours was to create a sustainable agricultural development business set to benefit the broader community through employment, skills development and economic empowerment.
- We currently have 158 beneficiaries who formed the cooperative in 2010.