Ngqushwa Local Municipality is primarily a subsistence farming agricultural area with some commercial beef, pineapple and vegetable farming projects. The municipality has land that is highly suited to the production of pineapples and citrus – a high value cash crop. The plan is to revive agricultural projects and enterprises in its jurisdiction and to provide an enabling environment that supports the growth of agricultural production, agro processing, agricultural marketing and agritourism.
The Ngqushwa Local Municipality’s agricultural potential are:
The Provincial Growth and Development Strategy and the Amathole District Municipality’s Growth and Development Strategy have identified Tourism and Conservation as two of the most viable economic sectors to be developed in the area. Currently, there are some tourism enterprises in existence in the area. Most of these enterprises are located along the coast.
The area includes perishable production farms, holiday resorts and communal areas benefiting from employment in the tourist sector, income opportunities through the marketing of arts and craft.
Tourism assets are:
Ngqushwa Local Municipality is planning to grow the tourism sector to enable the establishment of new tourism enterprises by providing policy, legislative, marketing and partnership building that will create an enabling environment for tourism development.
ARTS AND CRAFTS
It has been instrumental in working with local women (latterly more men have joined) to produce innovative embroidered, beaded and patchwork art such as the Keiskamma Tapestry that is now on display in Parliament in Cape Town. There is also the Keiskamma Altarpiece that has toured internationally on-display after first being displayed at the Grahamstown Cathedral during the National Arts Festival in 2005. Furthermore, an art centre has been established in Hamburg for the tourists to savour on their visit to the area. In addition, embroidered products are sold to curio outlets in the region.
Birha Arts and Crafts - Wesley
Ngqushwa Local Municipality has a great deal of environmental potential. The main areas are: