KING WILLIAM’S TOWN: Farmers from eight villages in the Ngqushwa municipality will meet with representatives of the provincial Ministry of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, at the launch of the Ward One Farmers’ Association at Eteyni village, 60km south of King William’s Town this Friday, 17 May.
The Ward One Farmers’ Association grew out of the need for greater cooperation amongst smallscale farmers in the Eastern Cape as they grapple with the challenges of accessing markets, dealing with stock theft, and improving their skills in alternative farming methods.
‘Farmers needed a collective space to share experiences, and a common platform to address their concerns to government,’ explains Thabang Ngcozela, with the Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG). EMG has been working with the Ngqushwa community to tackle critical water needs in recent years.
The association represents the needs of farmers across eight wards within the Ngqushwa municipal region. EMG has worked with these farmers to deal with issues of drought and water scarcity, and climate change, as well as help train farmers in permaculture methods.
‘Now, with the Farmers’ Association, we can start to look closely at issues of market access, creating secondary agricultural industries here in the community, and setting up farmer cooperatives,’ says Ngcozela.
The launch will be attended by representatives of the Minister of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, as well as by municipal representatives and local farmers.
Ward One Farmers’ Association Launch:
When: 9am, Friday, 17 May 2013
Where: Community Hall, Etyeni Village, Eastern Cape
For more information:
Mr Thabang Ngcozela
Project Manager: Water Justice Programme with the Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG)
Cell: 078 803 4321
Ministry of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform
Cell: 073 836 5163
Mr Lindikhaya Ngwendu
Deputy Secretary: Ward One Farmers’ Association
Cell: 073 697 4502