Western Cape Values Small-scale Farmers

Small Farmers Day South Africa

Western Cape hosted a Small Farmer’s Day. The Department of Agriculture (WCDoA)  partnered with Agri-Expo. Themed on Urban Small-Scale Farmers, the vent was held at the SPCA in Grassy Park. Judging by what Minister Meyer said, the province really values their small farmers a lot.

Western Cape Small-scale farmer’s Day

We reported that Waitrose and their Cape farming partners put out a huge effort at the height of COVID-19. Via Instagram, news came that relief fund allocations assisted those in need. ”They “help farmworkers during [the] lockdown.” And, a “series of photos and videos from “Die Vlei farm in De Doorns” revealed some heartwarming scenes.”

Right now, the issue of farm murders in South Africa runs very high. Back in July, when farm attack murders took place in Magogong, outside Hartwater in the Northern Cape Thoko Didiza condemned the killings. But since then, lots more people died. And, as it all comes to head, Theo de Jager, head of the SA Agri Initiative sent an open letter to the president to do something positive about the murders.

Farmers feed the nation irrespective of color

The importance of national food security relies on farmers big and small, and across all races. During the Small-Scale Farmers Day event, Minister Meyer said that “the innovative use of farmer days and virtual platforms…enabled the WCDoA to deliver client-focused, problem-solving technical information to farmers and other stakeholders in the Western Cape.”

Additionally, he noted that “particularly in the Metro, [they] play a critical role in ensuring food security.” And an example of how people use a small metro environment in a productive way comes via Renshia Manuel. Unemployed, he started growing vegies for his household consumption. Later, he started teaching others. Nowadays, he owns GrowBox.

GrowBox – small-scale farmer venture

According to him, “GrowBox,…a social enterprise,” produces “vegetables and herb seedlings.” They sell them to “retailers, farms, nurseries and government entities.” Plus, they also make and sell wooden “veggie boxes.”

As tension mounts over farm murders, and a government that simply won’t classify them as any more important than any other lamentable killings in the country, it’s rather nice to hear that something positive goes on in the agriculture industry right now.

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