CAPE TOWN: Meyer said the budget for these projects was determined by an assessment by the department’s extension officials in the area.
The provincial department of Agriculture has committed to giving a financial boost to projects by the Greenhands Community Food Garden Project in Stompneus Bay and the Middelpos Farm to strengthen food security.
The west coast food projects have received the news that the Western Cape Government will be funding their respective projects in this current financial year.
Provincial Agriculture MEC Ivan Meyer said the budget for these projects was determined by an assessment by the department’s extension officials in the area.
MEC Meyer, who handed over seedlings, and gardening equipment to the project, said “This partnership between the Western Cape Government and the community of Stompneus Bay improves access to nutritious food and improved food security.”
The grant funding provides for irrigation, fencing, water tanks, garden tools and production inputs such as seedlings, fertilizer compost and a container for storage purposes.
Petronella Ponie of the Greenhands Community Food Garden Project said that the project will provide Stompneus Bay with an affordable, nutritious and sustainable food source.
“It has been hard work to get the garden established. Our volunteers are mostly women. They have been fantastic. Through their hard work, we have been able to plant our first vegetables and take the first step towards food security,” Ponie said.
The Current farming activities include olives, Shiraz grapes, vegetables, agro-processing, and other arts and crafts aimed at project sustainability and skills transfer.
The Middelpos Farm is 60ha in size and has 13 families who are the direct beneficiaries of the produce on this farm.
In addition, Mr Meyer said the funding towards Middelpos Farm allows for establishing an agro-processing plant, improved mechanization and production inputs for vegetables.
“Ultimately, both these projects are about providing sustainable livelihoods and dignity through agriculture to the participants,” says Meyer.