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Agriculture, Environment and Rural Development MEC Morakane Mosupyoe says government still has a lot of work ahead of them to make agriculture much more attractive to young people.
She said these in Soshanguve Block H on Tuesday during her visit to a non-profit organisation (NPO) Botshabelo Black Farmers Development (BBFD) whom she said have shown a great interest in farming.
MEC said this was also an outstanding way to commemorate youth day in a practical manner while also going on a drive to advocate for backyard gardens to curb threat of food insecurity amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
Although not entirely happy with the overall youth participation in Gauteng, Mosupye said it is a responsibility which government should attend to.
“So far I am impressed with what I have seen here and I am happy that they already have infrastructure to use, which is a government infrastructure but we still have to do a couple of improvements”
“In addition to what the department have already been doing with backyard gardens for food security purposes we will also be taking these young men to our programmes”
MEC also added that they will be taken for further proper training.
The NPO was started three young men who are in their late teen years, Aubrey Nkuna, Amogelang Modiba and Oreneile Matjene.