Councillor calls for more youth in agriculture
‘THE agricultural sector is not a retirement destination, and the sooner our unemployed youth understand that, the better.’
This was the sentiment of Ward 28 Councillor in the City of uMhlathuze Madlinyoka Ntanzi.
He was speaking at the launching of Phinduvele Community Project, held at Bomvini Reserve.
Ntanzi said he was worried about ‘the no show’ of young people in critical sectors such as agriculture.
‘Where are our young people? Why are we only seeing senior citizens in the agricultural sector?, he asked. ‘The agricultural sector is where our economy lies.’
Ntanzi urged community members and local farmers to encourage their children to farm, saying this could prove a solution to youth unemployment.
He reminded the 14 members of Phinduvele Community Project, that there was money in agriculture.
‘As we hand over this project to you, remember to treat it as a business. Remember this is not a government project, it is yours, own it. As we have fenced this
2,5 hectares, we must not hear of incidents of theft and vandalism,’ said Ntanzi.
Ntanzi’s sentiments were echoed by the City’s Local Economic Development Officer, Xolani Mthethwa who urged project members to ensure that no one goes to bed on an empty stomach.
‘With this piece of land at your disposal, we expect you to work hard. You can easily make R500 000 profit in this project. The government has opened numerous opportunities and made everything possible for local farmers to shine. The onus is on you to deliver,’ he said.
The event was also addressed by Agricultural Advisor in KZN Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, in uMhlathuze Office, Bongi Madondo.
She said the project would be beneficial to local farmers who have been battling to have a garden project in the Bomvini Reserve, situated in Ward 28.
‘There are opportunities for you as local farmers, to supply your produce to uThungulu Fresh Produce Market. If you are serious about fighting poverty you can make it,’ she said.
At the launching of Phinduvele Community Project were Ward 28 Cllr Madlinyoka Ntanzi, Xolani Mthethwa (City’s LED Of cer), Bongi Madondo (Department of Agriculture), George Myeni (Project Secretary) and Alfred Zungu (Project Member)