Farmers launch new organisation

2017-03-24 06:02

A NEW non-profit organisation, Harry Gwala Agri, was launched by Harry Gwala region commercial farmers and supporting partners in Creighton recently. The purpose of the organisation is to strengthen relationships with stakeholders and develop farmers.

Harry Gwala Agri chairman, John Bredin, said they are looking forward to facilitating teamwork between farmers and partners from Kokstad, Highflats, Ixopo, Creighton and Swartberg. This will be done by sharing of farm resources, knowledge, equipment and funding and facilitate training.

“Harry Gwala Agri aims to make a difference by uplifting, upskilling and facilitating the development of farmers in the region,” said Bredin.

He urged all farmers in the district to adopt the spirit of ubuntu to contribute in any way they can.

At the launch, Professor JP Landman, an agricultural economist, praised the objectives of the organisation and said the country is blessed to have a world-class and highly competitive agricultural sector.

“Agriculture in this country is strong enough and capable of carrying the process of land reform. Farmers need to step up to the plate to help the transfer of land to be a success,” said Landman.

Government officials, business people, agricultural professionals, and the mayor of Ubuhlebezwe

Municipality, Zamo Nxumalo attended the launch. Andy Buchan, president of KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union was also present.

“The solution to the issues confronting the agricultural sector rests with farmers and people on the ground,” said Buchan. 
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