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