|"I look at the land lying unused and it makes me sad." - Stephen Ngakane|
Vegetables are grown in two tunnels, built and erected by Carryou staff members, with financial aid from the US Government. The land is part of a ten-year lease and, on the property is a house, where, in the future, vulnerable children will receive care and shelter.
"The programme has so far been a resounding success," says Stephen Ngakane, manager of the project. "Much has been achieved. We have harvested both summer and winter crops and supplied cabbages, carrots, beetroot and onions to not only Carryou's feeding schemes in Toekomsrus and Elandsvlei but also been able to help needy members of the local community.
"The farming project has provided employment to many of the poor and we have been able to slowly develop and upgrade our facilities. For example, we have installed tanks and an irrigation scheme," he says.
"But we are only using a small percentage of the land and that is enormously frustrating. There is so much more we could do and so many more people we could help, if we had access to more agricultural knowledge and resources. I look at the land lying unused and it makes me sad.
"We are need to find farmers and organisations who can provide us with the skills, advice and resources we need for this project to reach full potential and become self-sustaining," says Ngakane.
Can you help? Are you a farmer who can offer advice? Do you know someone who can help?
If so, please call Carryou Ministry General Manager, Rev. Lawrence Mabaso at 011-412-2013. Your help is needed.