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Farm Manager: Mr B V Mrubatha

Tel: +27 40 653 8033/4/5
Fax: +27 40 653 8036
Mobile: +27 (0) 78 655 6518


Functions of the Office

Rural Development Centre is the unit of Fort Cox Agriculture and Forestry Training Institute, which provides a wide range of training resources to facilitate adult learning, through accredited and non-accredited short course training. The mandate of RDC is the creation of a vibrant and dynamic agricultural and natural resource based rural economy in order to promote rural wealth creation. The centre provide offers this through provision of knowledge and skills in the sustainable agriculture, agribusiness, forestry and other community based natural resource management, community development and management of agricultural information and knowledge systems. The recent beneficiaries of such trainings include:

• Agricultural Science Educators
• Agricultural Cooperatives for various commodities
• National Rural Youth Service Corporations (NARYSEC)
• Tractor Mechanic Apprenticeship
• Citrus Farm workers (Fertilizer application, Fruit picking and Fencing)

The summary of popular short courses:
Broiler production; Pig Production; Dairy Production; Nursery Management; Vegetable production; Tractor Maintenance and equipment calibration; Maize Production; Farm Business Management; and Agricultural Science – Content gap Training.

Rural Development Centre further provides training in Agriculture and Forestry at the demand of the clients. Thus, on several occasions members of the farming community at all levels indicate their training requirements and the centre customizes training per need. The centre further, helps the communities with developing farming business plan, monitoring and evaluation and mentorship services for governmental and non-governmental institution funded projects.

RDC Accommodation and Conference facilities
Rural Development Centre provides accommodation, conference facilities, catering for conferences and meetings. The costing is customized to meet the needs of the clientele. Furthermore, the centre provides the farm facilities for practical demonstrations. 


Cwaru Location

P.O. Box 2187
King Williams Town


Phone: 040 653 8033                    

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