Boost for youth skills

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

The lives of young men and women involved in agricultural cooperatives at Mopani in Limpopo will soon change for the better.

This is after the district bought a R2,9 million farm from the Land Bank to help young people acquire skills in agriculture.

The farm, Moshupatsela (Sepedi for "show the way") is situated near Broederstroomdrift, outside Tzaneen, and has already brought together four cooperatives from around Mopani.

The project will cater for 50 percent young men, 40 percent young women and 10 percent disabled.

Municipal manager Tim Maake said yesterday that the municipality had also set aside R3,5 million to help the project get off the ground and deliver on its mandate.

Maake said a building had also been purchased to accommodate workers at the farm.

"Our district is regarded as the food basket of the country because of the fertile soil and the average rainfall we receive each year.

"Everything we plant grows well because of the rich fertile soil and water we have," Maake said.

Maake said the province was rich in minerals, tourism attractions and agricultural opportunities .