Farm­ers tak­ing ac­tion and shar­ing skills

The Witness - - YOURMONEY -

Harry Gwala Agri is a non-profit ini­tia­tive in the farm­ing ar­eas of Ix­opo, High Flats, Creighton, Kok­stad, Don­ny­broek and Umz­imkulu founded by com­mer­cial farm­ers. It is an at­tempt to for­malise, drive, share skills, im­part ex­pe­ri­ence and, at times, pro­vide fi­nan­cial sup­port for neigh­bour­ing smaller-scale farm­ers. Now 18 months af­ter in­cep­tion, the ini­tia­tive sup­ports sev­eral projects that tackle food se­cu­rity, pro­vide men­tor­ship, drive in­tern­ship pro­grammes and source spon­sor­ship for as­pir­ing farm­ers. ‘As com­mer­cial farm­ers, we can no longer live as is­lands of pros­per­ity amid a sea of poverty. We can no longer farm along­side oth­ers who are un­able to do the same be­cause of past in­jus­tices. We need to take ac­tion,’ said founder chair­per­son of Harry Gwala Agri, John Bredin. PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

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