Organic farming project launched

2010-11-22 00:00

THE Richards Bay Coal Terminal and the KZN Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development launched an organic farming project in Nseleni near Richards Bay on Friday in a project aimed at fighting poverty in rural communities.

The project is described as the science of gardening, incorporating landscape design and the environment to improve and maximise the soil’s health, structure and texture, and the production and health of developing plants without using synthetic commercial fertilisers, pesticides or fungicides.

This method is conducive to gardening throughout the year, with less susceptibility to the weather or climate pressures.

Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development MEC Lydia Johnson said the launch is a necessary initiative between government and the private sector.

“As government, we called on businesses and the private sector to chip in to address social ills and push back the frontiers of poverty. I’m sure that we are all very aware of the crisis we face when it comes to the issue of food security, because we have all been affected by food insecurity.”

She said the department has a strong mandate to ensure agrarian reform occurs in KZN and that food insecurity is addressed.

“With this method you can garden all year round without worrying about the weather or climate conditions.”

The initiative is the second public/private partnership launched by the department in recent weeks.

Last month it launched a yellow maize project in Bergville in partnership with South African Breweries, targeting an estimated 250 small-scale farmers to produce maize to supply to the brewery.

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