Khayelitsha residents receive lessons in agriculture

The Western Cape Agriculture Department has said that people living in informal settlements&nbsp...

Vegetables sold in supermarkets. Picture: Eyewitness News

The Western Cape Agriculture Department has said that people living in informal settlements should learn to feed themselves.

At the weekend Agriculture MEC Cobus Dowry told Khayelitsha residents to create sustainable food gardens.

The department would provide more than 100 Khayelitsha families with an agricultural suitcase consisting of fertilizer, seeds and tools to create gardens.

The project has already been unveiled in many rural areas in the province

Dowry said a number of indigent families have been earmarked to receive packages to grow community food gardens.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

“We now went to Khayelitsha this weekend and we have started that out now so hopefully we can help people to grow their own food in their back yards especially the very poor people in that area,” Dowry said.