Food security expo hosted

2016-05-18 06:00
 At the Msunduzi Innovation Development Institute Food Security Expo Rutendo Zendah, Leopold Chikwadze and Samantha GovenderPHOTO: supplied

At the Msunduzi Innovation Development Institute Food Security Expo Rutendo Zendah, Leopold Chikwadze and Samantha GovenderPHOTO: supplied

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THE Msunduzi Innovation Development Institute (Midi), and nine exhibitors, conducted demonstrations on how to use recyclable materials to start their own gardens without buying seeds and gardening tools at a food security expo at the Edendale Lay Ecumenical Centre recently.

“This programme will help all, especially poor people, to buy the resources needed for gardening,” said Midi research co-ordinator Sam Govender.

He said that this programme will also teach people how to clean with dirty water using charcoal.

Govender said the next time they host the expo they would like more support from the community, as well as community leaders.

Leopold Chikwadze demonstrated how to plant potatoes using recycled plastic and
metallic buckets, soil and rotten potatoes. The next food security permaculture expo will be in June.

Govender said they are working with
organisations such as Sunshine Seedlings, Tunnel Quip, HS Ebrahim School, Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development­ (Cedara), Mama’s Recycling Project from Imbali, Pietermaritzburg Child and Youth Care Centre, Rebel Seed and the University of South Africa.

“This programme will teach the Edendale community the importance of recycling and taking care of the environment,” Govender said.

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