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By unknown | Jan 17, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

Carrots, pumpkin, spinach, sweet potatoes and butternut could be the answer to hunger in Mpumalanga.

These vegetables are rich in vitamin A and can easily be cultivated in schools and home gardens.

That is why the Mpumalanga social services council committee has included them in a poverty alleviation project.

The committee wants communities and schools to plant vegetables so they can feed themselves. It has given free vegetable seeds and gardening tools to the schools that are taking part in the project.

Provincial Education Department spokesman Hlahla Ngwenya said: "Hunger negatively affects the attainment of the millennium development goals such as universal primary education, gender equity, child mortality and maternal health."

Ngwenya said that, according to a 2002 Food and Agriculture Organisation report, the most critical nutritional deficiencies for South Africans were in vitamin A and iron.

"It is on these grounds that communities are urged to cultivate crops that deal with such identified deficiencies," Ngwenya said.


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