South Africa: Mayor Athol Trollip backs urban farming

Outstanding urban farmer Robert Matsabisa, of Wells Estate, shows the different kinds of vegetable seedlings at the event at the City Hall. Successful urban farming enterprises might range from household food security to commercial enterprises but the common thread had to be independence and sustainability. By Guy Rogers Herald Live Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip is due to make a presentation on Tuesday to the National Council of Provinces in parliament that could bode well for urban farming in the metro. Trollip’s presentation will focus on the metro’s expenditure this year of the Urban Settlements Development Grant from the Treasury and part of the positive windfall that should result will be used to increase aid to emerging farmers. The mayor made the commitment to 40-odd farmers who packed the City Hall on Thursday last week for the distribution of agri-equipment, products and produce as part of the metro’s sustainable development strategy. Last year, the metro spent 100% of its grant and – in line with the Treasury’s policy of punishing under-expenditure of funding and rewarding compliant and prudent use – it received a windfall in return of R178m. Trollip told the farmers the metro had repeated its expenditure […]

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