Gauteng allocates millions to fight hunger

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Pretoria - The Gauteng provincial government has set aside R3.7 million for the distribution of food parcels to more than 14 800 people at Home Based Community Centres countrywide.

Tabling the provincial budget on Tuesday, Finance MEC Mandla Nkomfe said the funds will also be used to set up five food banks during the 2010/2011 financial year.

The province will also intensify its community and households food production programme which targets 36 000 household food gardens.

Nkomfe said the Letsema/ Iilima project had been allocated R51 million over the MTEF to provide 128 farmers with production inputs such as start-up seeds and irrigation equipment.

Gauteng will also establish and manage the Land Care Forum, five junior land care school projects and six junior land care youth camps.

"This will be implemented as part of the Gauteng Clean and Green campaign. As a result, R8 million has been set aside for its implementation," said the MEC.

A total of R5.8 million over the MTEF has been allocated to go towards the development of the Greenhouse Gas inventory aimed at managing the climate change effects.