KZN’s agrarian revolution ‘a failure’

2010-10-29 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL government’s ambitious agrarian revolution, which includes the “One Home One Garden” initiative is benefitting less than 1 000 citizens after R7 million was spent on it

DA Legislature member, George Mari labeled the project a miserable failure after he received details on the project from Agricultural MEC Lydia Johnson.

Mari said the figures obtained through an October 19, 2010 written parliamentary question, also shows that just 57 community gardens, 31 school gardens and 189 homestead gardens have been created since the programme was launched.

“This is the campaign that provincial government so visibly touted as the answer to food security issues in KwaZulu-Natal. The fact that less than 1 000 people are benefitting from the campaign despite the massive sums injected, speaks volumes,” said Mari

He added that according to the MEC’s reply, community gardens currently support 659 citizens, while homestead gardens support 189 people and school gardens support 93. Mari said only three municipal districts in KZN had functioning school gardens. uMgungundlovu has only one community garden benefitting 15 people and Uthukela has no record of any home gardens. “One of the overriding issues is that many communities do not have access to water … to maintain a garden. The department should have realised this ... before spending vast sums on a [doomed] project,” the MPL added.

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