The department of Agriculture in Mpumalanga launched the ploughing season in Nkomazi at Boschfontein on world food day after visiting few cultivating projects at Magogeni.
A provincial delegation led by the Mpumalanga department of Agriculture’s MEC, Vusi Shongwe, accompanied by the Nkomazi Local Municipality Mayor Johan Mkhatshwa and the Mbambiso’s Chief Ndlemane III went around visiting the projects and later went to the Boschfontein community hall to hand over pyramids, potting soil, seedlings, and food garden starter packs which contain a wheelbarrow, garden fork, rake, shovel, hosepipe, watering cans and protective gloves to the projects.
MEC Vusi Shongwe told the attendees of the ploughing launch that no one can owe a stomach hence everyone with space in their yard must at least plough something with an aim to fight hunger. “You cannot separate hunger and poverty, those two are bad brothers hence people have to do something within their yards and hands, no matter how small it is trust me it can make a difference to either yourself or to some needy people out there,” said Shongwe.
He further mentioned that if you plough something you have to at least give few of your harvest to needy people and orphans around your area.
“Agriculture can grow our economy as a province and the whole country, people need to hang their suits in a wardrobe and wear overalls then make use of the space in their yards. If you want to survive in agriculture you need to make it your passion, we feel sorry for those who come to agriculture for stipends,” continued Shongwe.
“Phezu Kwemkhono Mlimi” was the song of the day as everyone who ascended the stage at the community hall shouted it and the occupants of the hall shouted in response.
Shongwe continued and said that people must avail themselves specially the young ones because there’s a college in Marapyane and they are planning to change Elijah Mango into an Agriculture training center.
“We are willing to train people about agriculture because we know that with agriculture we can be a better country. Let’s turn Mpumalanga into green,” he concluded.