Agri­cul­tural al­lies en­joy abun­dant re­turns

Vuk'uzenzele - - Rural Development - Hlengiwe Ngob­ese

When 33 farm­ing co­op­er­a­tives work to­gether, an abun­dance of crops are­pro­duced and a happy mar­ket that knows that it can ac­cess a steady sup­ply of fresh pro­duce is the re­sult.

Nyamvubu is one of the big­gest co­op­er­a­tiv group­ings in KwaZulu-Na­tal. Es­tab­lished in 2014, the power of 33 means that a large quan­tity of cab­bages, beans, mush­rooms and beef are read­ily avail­able and that Nyamvubu has a grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion for re­li­a­bil­ity.

Speak­ing to Vuk’uzen­zele, Nyamvubu chair­man Ndoda Xulu said the co­op­er­a­tiv re­ceived R21 mil­lion from the pro­vin­cial De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture as part of gov­ern­ment’s Com­pre­hen­sive Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme that aims to tackle un­der­de­vel­op­ment, food se­cu­rity, unem­ploy­ment, poverty and other so­cial ills. “We used the money for fenc­ing, ir­ri­ga­tion equip­ment, trac­tors and live­stock. The model we have im­ple­mented of one hectare per house­hold has proved suc­cess­ful and it en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to work hard. If you do not plant, you don’t get any­thing when oth­ers sell their veg­eta­bles. This model also works well with live­stock farm­ing be­cause when the truck comes to col­lect cows go­ing to the mar­ket, ev­ery­one wants to take part,” he said.

Nyamvubu has cre­ated em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for 200 peo­ple who as­sist co­op­er­a­tiv mem­bers dur­ing the plant­ing and har­vest­ing sea­sons.

A re­cent de­vel­op­ment in the co­op­er­a­tive is the in­clu­sion of a new co­op­er­a­tiv formed by school-leavers un­able to se­cure em­ploy­ment. They did train­ing through the Cedara agri­cul­tural col­lege and are grow­ing mush­rooms. Their first har­vest was re­cently sold to a big su­per­mar­ket in Grey­town. Soon, they will make peeled but­ter­nut avail­able to con­sumers.

Nyamvubu co­op­er­a­tive mem­bers work hand-in-hand to make their farm­ing busi­ness a suc­cess.

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