Pinehaven Agricultural Trading is a vegetable project that belongs to a family of five beneficiaries (three youths and two females). The land in production comprises 5.5 hectares in Lynedoch situated approximately 7km outside Stellenbosch. The vegetable crops planted include spinach, beetroot, green pepper, carrots, etc. and are distributed to vegetable markets after every successful harvest.
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One of the greatest challenges our impoverished communities face is a lack of food security, and the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) is attempting to turn this tide when it hosted the annual World Food Day celebration in Villiersdorp on Friday the 12th of October 2017.
This was a well organised and attended event to promote sustainable food security amongst the Villiersdorp communities which crowded their stadium on the day to celebrate and receive food parcels and household food gardens.
Congratulations to the tri-partnership between Casidra, Hortgro and the WCDoA for winning the Silver Award for the Best Implemented Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme during the Western Cape Premier’s Annual Service Excellence Awards’ ceremony, which took place on the 28th of August 2017 in Cape Town.
This ceremony was an opportunity for the Premier and broader public to acknowledge outstanding performances from public service professionals in the Western Cape Government.
The Casidra 2018-year commenced at the solid pace with which it concluded in 2017. Concluding 2017, Casidra was wholly immersed assisting the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA) in supporting livestock farmers in the drought-stricken areas of the Western Cape (WC). The Emergency Drought Relief programme required that feed be sourced from various agribusinesses to provide support to the farmers that qualified for the programme. Some of these stock items gradually started running low and supply became problematic at some stage.
The grim reality and probable effects of climate change, and especially if it was still disputed, started to be felt by everyone in the sector and most profoundly by the beneficiaries Casidra supports through the agriculture programmes the company implements.
The drought conditions in the Western Cape province continue to place a damper on the agriculture sector in the province. Records confirmed that the current drought is the worst the region experienced in over 100 years. While measures are put in place to influence behavior, in an attempt to reduce consumption but particularly wastage, the hope was still alive for the expected rain during the traditional raining season over the winter-months. The latter unfortunately did not materialize in the volumes as was hoped for.
Local municipalities are doing their utmost to try and conserve as much of this valuable natural resource while attending to measures to repair and fix water storage infrastructure so when it does rain storage facilities are sufficient and ready. The Cape Town City management also started putting programmes in place to deal with provision of water should the rainy season not provide enough water to fill storage dams. These measures include plans for increased volumes generated from recycling and also desalinization practices.
Casidra SOC Ltd obtained its 28th Unqualified Report for the 2016/17 financial year to maintain its outstanding clean record during the company’s Annual General Meeting held on the 28th of August 2017. The Board of Directors and Minister Alan Winde extended their vote of thanks to the Management team and staff of Casidra for their hard work. Casidra’s newly elected vice-chairperson of the Board, Ainsley Moos, officially handed the approved Annual Report 2016/17 on behalf of new chairperson, Dr Leonie Coetzee, to Minister Winde.
In his statement, Minister Winde said, “Going forward, continued collaboration with partners such as Casidra will be vital in ensuring we further grow our sector. Casidra will continue to play different important roles within municipalities especially on the issue of water scarcity”.