Liv launches Hydroponic Tunnels

2015-11-26 06:00
Photo: darshan rangai KZN Department of Agriculture and Rural Development acting senior general Jerry Mfusi, MEC for KZN Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cyril Xaba, Liv Village project leader Patrick Mbokazi and Liv Director Tich Smi

Photo: darshan rangai KZN Department of Agriculture and Rural Development acting senior general Jerry Mfusi, MEC for KZN Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cyril Xaba, Liv Village project leader Patrick Mbokazi and Liv Director Tich Smi

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THE Liv Village officially opened its hydroponic farming tunnels in partnership with the department of Agriculture and Rural Development to help sustain the various projects of the organisation and create jobs in Cottonlands at the weekend.

The project is valued at around R2.5 million and was partly funded by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development with 1.2 million while the other 1.3 million rand was contributed by the Liv Village.

The tunnels are aimed at creating jobs through farming at the Hydropnic Tunnels and the proceeds made from the sale of these vegetables will be used to sustain the various projects of the Liv Village.

Project manager from the Liv Village, Patrick Mbokazi said the Liv Village and surrounding communities are excited with the prospects of the project and what it will mean for the community.

“It’s going to produce vegetables through hydroponic tunnels and we will be supplying the markets with these vegetables,” said Mbokazi.

The organic vegetables will also be supplied to Shoprite Checkers, Pick n Pay and the fresh produce market at the Liv Village.

Director of the Liv Village, Tich Smith said this is one of their many development plans for the uplifting of the community through agricultural projects and job creation.

Smith said the Liv Village caters for 170 orphaned and vulnerable children and their aim is to become fully self-sustaining while creating economic growth in the community.

“Job creation is big for us and we are trying to address the needs of the community,” said Smith.

“We are also nonprofit and we need to raise money. We are hoping to become self-sustaining in the next three to four years,” said Smith.

Smith said various vegetables will be produced by the hydroponic tunnels and for now they have cucumbers that are growing and ready for use.

MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, Cyril Xaba said the Liv Village stands out as a trailer blazer as they are showing how farming can be a catalyst for economic growth and job creation.

He commended the efforts by Liv to generate income for their various community projects through such initiatives.

“Together with Liv, I now declare the Liv Hydroponic Tunnels officially launched,”said Xaba.

Xaba praised Liv for their work in the community in creating jobs through projects like the tunnels and for giving orphaned and vulnerable children an opportunity to grow into future leaders.

“We are proud to be associated with Liv,” said Xaba.

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