Trees, veggie gardens for Arbor week

2012-09-01 21:08

Johannesburg - Trees and vegetable gardens were planted by the department of agriculture and the Northern Cape department of rural development in Platfontein, outside Kimberley, on Saturday to mark the start of Arbor week.

Agriculture department spokesperson Selby Bokaba said a communal vegetable garden was established to help alleviate poverty.

"Two hundred households were also assisted with vegetable seed packs and seedlings."

Land Reform MEC Norman Shushu unveiled a memorial plaque, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, to commemorate those who had dedicated their lives to liberation and community upliftment in the province. A grove of olive trees were also planted.

"These fruit trees will complement the gardens on food security, whereas the indigenous shade trees will be used for greening and to promote environmental conservation, development and biodiversity in this area," Shushu said.

South African began celebrating Arbor day in 1983, and this was subsequently extended to a week.

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-09-01 21:45

    Can somebody explain why Moringa Oleifera has not been declared the tree of our times in SA? Given that it is easy to cultivate and has extremely nutritional value, every household needs one.

      Madoqua - 2012-09-01 23:58

      Traditionally the tree of the year is an indigenous species. As useful as Moringa oleifera is, it is not native to South Africa. I've also never seen it grown, at least commercially, in South Africa. I wonder how well it will do.

      sachasea - 2012-09-03 08:32

      It would do extremely well in most parts of South Africa especially the drier areas. A friend from Jozi gave me three seeds, but I ended up losing them unfortunately. Definitely want to acquire some more as I've only read good things about this species. Take a look at this infographic: The trees of the year for 2012 are Waterberry (Syzigium cordatum), Red Beech (Protorhus longifolia) and Black Mangrove (Bruguiera gymnorrhiza).

  • lala.kunene - 2012-09-01 23:01

    South African began celebrating Arbor day in 1983 I will plant my own gum tree this yr

      sachasea - 2012-09-03 08:33

      Why not rather plant one of our indigenous trees instead of a Eucalyptus?

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-09-02 11:57

    A friend grows over five hundred Moringa trees to the north of Pretoria, some farmers have plantations around Polokwane and it appears the plant will easily be available in the coming few years. Though Moringa is not indigenous to South Africa(and of course Africa), the tree does well in warmer climates. \r\nI still hold the view that the tree's nutritional properties should make it Africa's tree of the century.

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