Green­house tun­nel com­plete, ready

Observer on Saturday - - News -

Ato­tal of 80 hectares that still need to be ex­plored is ready to be one of the big­gest veg­etable pro­duc­ing cen­tres in the land.

Phi­lani Maswati’s Green­house for veg­etable farm­ing pro­gramme has been com­pleted at Mantshonga and seedlings are al­ready found at the cen­tre.

The el­derly home will be ca­pac­i­tat­ing lo­cal women to utilise the area as a train­ing in­sti­tu­tion. The women of Mantshonga area will be on a men­tor­ship pro­gramme that will lead to them im­ple­ment­ing the skills learned at their dif­fer­ent home­steads for eco­nomic pur­poses as well as food se­cu­rity.

The project is un­der the su­per­vi­sion of of­fi­cers from NAMBoard who will en­sure that the prod­ucts are nur­tured to the re­quired stan­dard.

The project is said to have an in-house pack­ing house that will en­sure that a fin­ished prod­uct is taken to the mar­ket al­ready packed and priced.

Three of the four green­house tun­nels where the seedlings will be nur­tured be­fore be­ing trans­planted have been com­pleted at the site.

The green­houses will also be used to nur­ture prod­ucts that are of high value. The Mar­ket­ing Board dis­closed that prod­ucts that will be pro­duced by the women at the cen­ter al­ready have an ex­ist­ing mar­ket.

NAMBoard Ex­ten­sion Mar­ket­ing Of­fi­cer Si­fiso Dlamini ex­plained that the tun­nels which are dou­ble the nor­mal size are the first to be con­structed in the coun­try and a unique tech­nol­ogy that can be used in a small area but bring all the re­quired yields us­ing lim­ited wa­ter us­age.

Seedlings

He said, for starters, they will grow at least four dif­fer­ent seedlings that will sup­ply al­most half of the four-hectare field at once. He said what will be grown will be purely mar­ket in­clined where NAMBoard will study the mar­ket and then in­struct the women what to plant at cer­tain times to sat­isfy the mar­ket.

“For starters we will grow yel­low and red pep­per, toma­toes and cu­cum­ber. Even­tu­ally we will be able to har­vest veg­eta­bles up to three times a week,” he stated.

Tiphelele Dlamini from the Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices said seedbeds were al­ready in place and that they have part­nered with a Tai­wanese com­pany to pro­duce com­post at the same area where they will pro­duce the veg­eta­bles. as well as recreational ac­tiv­i­ties to keep them fit and healthy.

The cen­tre will also have health care fa­cil­ity rooms, med­i­cal emer­gency rooms and din­ing area (can­teen).

Twenty-four hour care will be avail­able. The DPM’s of­fice said the depart­ment has laid down strict guide­lines for se­lec­tion of ben­e­fi­cia­ries, so that only needy and gen­uine se­niors can be ac­com­mo­dated. The gov­ern­ment also gave its nod for the con­struc­tion of sim­i­lar old age homes in other re­gions.

At least 146 women from Mantshonga next to Dvokol­wako are to ben­e­fit from the pi­lot­ing of a green house veg­etable project thanks to the fate­ful visit by Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan) Pres­i­dent Tsai Ing-wen in April this year.

Fol­low­ing the fruit­ful meet­ing with Her Majesty the Indlovukazi, the Pres­i­dent re­vealed that her gov­ern­ment would em­power women through the mul­ti­mil­lion green house project that has since started at the Phi­lani Maswati Char­ity Or­gan­i­sa­tion’s Likhaya Lekuphila for el­derly women at Mantshonga. She said her coun­try was pleased with the good work done by the or­gan­i­sa­tion in em­pow­er­ing the des­ti­tute, es­pe­cially women and chil­dren. She said through this project which would be dis­trib­uted across the four re­gions, they would train the women farm­ers on this lat­est farm­ing tech­nol­ogy so that they pro­duce enough to earn and gen­er­ate in­come to sus­tain their fam­i­lies.

The pres­i­dent said Phi­lani Maswati plays a huge role in em­pow­er­ing women, which re­duces poverty in the coun­try. She said when women are em­pow­ered, the whole nation ben­e­fits.

To­mor­row, a con­tin­gent of over 100 young co-op­er­a­tors will leave the coun­try to the king­dom of Le­sotho on a re­cip­ro­cate pro­gram done an­nu­ally by BOLESWA coun­tries.

The young co-op­er­a­tors from BOLESWA will be un­der­tak­ing a Youth Co-op­er­a­tive Ex­change Fo­rum in the King­dom of Le­sotho from 10-14 De­cem­ber 2018, after the last in­stall­ment was hosted by the king­dom at Mavuso Trade Cen­tre on De­cem­ber 4-8, 2018.

The young co-op­er­a­tors will be en­gaged in a number of work­shops and sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties that will be summed up by an in­ter­na­tional cul­tural night.

Dis­cus­sions and shar­ing of suc­cess sto­ries cre­at­ing sus­tain­able youth co­op­er­a­tives will also be done.

Re­ports

The king­dom of Le­sotho will fur­ther share their coun­try’s progress re­ports on milestones achieved. The tri­par­tite coun­tries will also dis­cuss how to use co­op­er­a­tives to stim­u­late their dif­fer­ent economies.

The king­dom of Eswa­tini will share and lead a dis­cus­sion on co­op­er­a­tive gov­er­nance as many crit­i­cal changes on the move­ment have taken place in the coun­try.

The tri­par­tite will fur­ther dis­cuss crit­i­cal ar­eas to en­sure the youth grasps the co-op­er­a­tive ide­ol­ogy and phi­los­o­phy.

There would be a panel of dis­cus­sion on the value of sav­ings in a co-op­er­a­tive vs nor­mal in­sti­tu­tions like banks.

This Tri­par­tite Youth Co-op­er­a­tive Ex­change Pro­gramme came about after youth from the three coun­tries got to­gether to or­gan­ise a fo­rum where young peo­ple could get to­gether to share ideas on how best they could con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of their coun­tries’ economies. The fo­rum was also de­signed to pro­mote self-di­rected busi­ness ini­tia­tives where the own­ers of busi­nesses de­cided on their own what to do to in­crease pro­duc­tion. It also opens doors for mar­ket­ing of prod­ucts from the three coun­tries.

The Youth Fo­rum gath­er­ing was de­scribed by then Min­is­ter of Com­merce and Trade Jab­u­lani Mabuza as, “young peo­ple were a pow­er­ful force for change”.

He fur­ther said gov­ern­ment en­cour­ages so­ci­eties to fac­tor in the pro­duc­tion of goods and ser­vices that would tap into re­gional and in­ter na­tional mar­kets. Mabuza launched the um­brella body for youth co-op­er­a­tives in the coun­try that is known as Eswa­tini Na­tional Youth Co-op­er­a­tive Al­liance (ENYCA), which is an apex or­gan­i­sa­tion man­dated by the min­istry of com­merce, in­dus­try and trade to co-or­di­nate all youth co-op­er­a­tives ac­tiv­i­ties in the coun­try.

Strate­gies

Chair­per­son of the ESNCA Hezekiel Tfwala said; “govern­ments that have sim­ple strate­gies on em­pow­er­ing youth co-op­er­a­tives aimed at pro­mot­ing co-op­er­a­tives, in or­der to un­leash their po­ten­tial to cre­ate and de­velop in­come-gen­er­at­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and that sus­tain­able em­ploy­ment could as­sist and re­duce any bur­den on any gov­ern­ment”. Tfwala fur­ther shared that the re­sult of good strate­gies could re­duce poverty, de­velop hu­man re­source ca­pac­i­ties and knowl­edge; strengthen com­pet­i­tive­ness and sus­tain­abil­ity; in­crease sav­ings and in­vest­ment; im­prove so­cial and eco­nomic well-be­ing; and con­trib­ute to sus­tain­able hu­man de­vel­op­ment.

Tfwala said for any gov­ern­ment that needs to re­duce the dreaded chal­lenges of un­em­ploy­ment rate, it needs a sim­ple strat­egy that can in­volve young peo­ple in out­lin­ing the strate­gic vi­sion, mis­sion, ob­jec­tives and ra­tio­nale for the pro­mo­tion of co-op­er­a­tives.

Tfwala fur­ther said the sim­ple so­lu­tions need to out­line mea­sur­able in­di­ca­tors that will be utilised over a cer­tain pe­riod of time, to mea­sure progress and per­for­mance with re­spect to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of that strat­egy and over­all de­vel­op­ment of co-op­er­a­tives in each of the coun­tries.

(Pic: Mduduzi Mn­gomezulu)

CITY LOVE: Two ladies em­brace each other as they walk along the city streets to­wards the bus rank yes­ter­day.

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