Fruit tree planting in action

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Zimele Agricultural Programme together with the farmers have started growing fruit trees.  Over 500 fruit trees were distributed across three districts namely UThukela (Ntabamhlophe and Winterton), UMkhanyakude (Mtubatuba) and UMgungundlovu (Swayimane) with the latter having taken over three quarters. Mrs Dlamuka is one of the farmers growing trees in Swayimane and she has over 40 fruit trees in her mini orchard.  For her it is nothing new as she has been growing and harvesting 20 orange trees for over 17 years now.  She is a perfect example and motivation to others that this can be done.  According to her, her oranges are selling like “hot cakes”.  When in season she produces a significant crop of oranges selling to retailers and the local community growing her earning potential.

Trees are a long term investment as it takes on average about four years before they can start bearing fruits.  Agriculture is the key to alleviating food insecurity and poverty in communities.  Well done to the Zimele farmers for this courageous initiative that has the potential to increase incomes and contribute towards nutrition.

Report by: Bheki Makhathini (Agriculture Field Trainer).

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