Muziwakhe Nsele, well-known Gardener from Hlathini, a village near Melmoth in Kwa Zulu Natal has proven to be a smart businessman by growing his own vegetables thanks to the One Home, One Garden and Fruit Tree programme aimed for KwaZulu-Natal residents.
The programme encourages people to start gardening in their homes as a means of fighting poverty. Bongiwe Sithole-Moloi, DARD MEC said the One Home, One Garden and Fruit Tree programme assists families that are suffering because of COVID-19. The gardeners receive seeds, fertilizer and advice from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD).
The father of six said his business received a boost from the One Home, One Garden and Fruit Tree programme run by the province’s DARD.“The programme remains a crucial seed for a sustainable rural economy and with specific interventions and support from DARD, it can reduce and eliminate poverty through subsistence farming,” added Sithole-Moloi.
Nsele’s business became busy, following the outbreak of the coronavirus, with people buying from him rather than travelling to the shops. With his profit, Nsele has bought six goats and plans to expand his agriculture business. “I will also be investing in layers and broiler chickens to expand my income streams through the sale of eggs and whole chickens,” he said.
To be part of the programme, visit the office of DARD at your local municipality. The contact details of the DARD offices can be found on the department’s website www.kzndard.gov.za.
Tips on how to start a garden:
Make sure you know which plants your soil will support
Ready your garden by first ploughing the land more than once without planting
Remove all weeds