TSHEHLWANENG – Limpopo Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (LDARD) commemorated World Food Day through erection of a food mountain, handing over of food packages to 200 indigent households and seeds to farmers in Tshehlwaneng village outside Jane Furse on Friday.
Sekhukhune District Municipality Executive Mayor (SDM), Stan Ramaila, Minah Bahula and Johannes Phokane, Makhuduthamaga and Fetakgomo-Tubatse local municipalities’ mayors respectively, SDM Executive Committee Members (EXCO) as well as Magoshi joined LDARD MEC, Basikopo Makamu in the commemoration under the theme: “Our actions are our future; zero hunger world by 2030 is possible.”
Outlining the purpose of the day, Jaqueline Maisela, LDARD Head of Department, said the zero hunger world by 2030 vision could be attained through working together and when everyone ensured they played their role.
In his keynote address, MEC Makamu said they were gathered in Makhuduthamaga local municipality to commemorate the day and befittingly launch the 2018 planting season.
Makamu said Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) AWU had been commemorating World Food Day in the past 37 years.
“It was initially observed by FAWU in 1980, therefore, 2018 marks 38 years of commemoration,” added Makamu.
The MEC said the Republic of South Africa (RSA) through the Department of Agriculture and Forestry and Fisheries and the provincial department of Agriculture and Rural Development commemorated the day since readmission as member of the United Nations (UN) organization.
“The leaders in the department use the opportunity to engage with farmers to address agricultural issues of poverty, hunger and malnutrition,” added Makamu.
Makamu concluded South Africa’s agricultural sector showed strength when it became the highest contributor of 14.9% which is 2% of the Growth Development Product (GDP) in the quarter towards the end of 2017 year.