Leona Archary has been working in the agricultural sector for over 20 years, giving her extensive insight into this innovative field. As the CEO of the Agricultural Development Agency (Agda), she has played a pivotal role in ensuring that players in Mzansi’s farming sector can participate in the entire value chain – from production to processing and beyond.
In this episode, we find out how deeply she cares about the Agricultural Development Agency’s overall growth and development. She also explains why the institution has been working on several related projects to fill the sector’s development void.
Archery also talks about her vision for Agda farmer development goals.
“My vision is to really push Agda to become a key player in the sector and support the growth of new farmers. Our intention is – over the next five years – to at least work [with more than 2 000 farmers].”
Connecting the private and public sectors
Archary also unpacks why she believes that Agda is bridging the gap between the public and private sectors. She says that having to work for both public and private firms has taught her the distinction between the two.
“Now I sit in a position where I can understand both worlds. You begin to see where [the gaps are] and how we can fill it. For me that is a skill that should help Agda in bringing some of these things together.”
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