Back 2 Basics, Umzimvubu 4th Annual Agricultural Show

“Umzimvubu Farmers thrive, amid the drought catastrophe”

Umzimvubu Local Municipality hosts its 4th Annual Agricultural Show on Thursday, 30 March 2016 in KwaBhaca formerly known as Mount Frere. Filled to capacity, the 1000 Capacity Marquee was filled to its brim by community members who have solid interest in Agricultural and Farming Activities within this Municipality.

Based on the premise of one of the clauses of the Freedom Charter, which states that ‘Land shalt be shared amongst those who own and live in it,’ Acting Mayor Councillor Lizwi Qasha alluded and made emphasis on the fact that agriculture is one of the most precious commodities that the Municipality has. He further highlighted that individuals are urged to join local Farmer Associations for ease of growth which also enables them to interact with other farmers, thus sharing best practices.

Working closely with different stakeholders and sector departments such as the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, Eastern Cape Development Corporation, Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism as well as Lima; Umzimvubu’s Local Economic Development Department led by Ms. Shirley Batyi (Manager) started this Annual Agricultural Show in the year 2013 with a vision and objective of assisting local farmers through a standing incubator programme as well as drawing of business plans for funding applications. Farmers from different agriculture sectors such Poultry, Crop and Maize Production, Piggery, and a lot more.

Masizakhe Multi-Purpose Cooperative form Ward 4 of Sigidini A/A in EmaXesibeni (Formerly known as Mount Ayliff) received equipment which included a John Deer tractor, plough and trailer to the value of R500 000.

Simunye Cooperative from Ward 01 also received a similar package with a Landini Tractor, plough and trailer.

Matyeni Agri-Cooperative, from Ward 14 received a Milling Machine and equipment worth R500 000.

A certification and Award process took place on the same day where adjudication took place in different categories including Best Cabbage, Spinach, Potatoes, and Beetroot as well as categories in Piggery, Poultry and Cattle Farming.

Farmers were encouraged to associate themselves with other farming bodies and associations and also ensure that they acquire the necessary skills that will develop them into more skilled agricultural practitioners. The 5th Annual Agricultural Show is to be held in the next year.