Coun­cil­lor calls for more youth in agri­cul­ture

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Wise­man Mthiyane

‘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)

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