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George Municipality Economic Development certificate handover

Sep 6, 2017
George Municipality Economic Development certificate handover

George Municipality's Economic Development division held a certificate ceremony to celebrate the achievements of 84 delegates from its food garden projects and community markets who finished accredited courses over three weeks at the Outeniqua Research Farm.

Executive Deputy Mayor, Cllr Gerrit Pretorius, congratulated the trainees at the ceremony and said the hard work paid off. He urged the trainees not to stop their hard work after attaining the certificates but to keep on working hard and use this achievement as a stepping stone to achieve even greater things.

Cllr Pretorius, who is himself a keen gardener, said there were few things so satisfying as to see the seeds you have sown, grow.

Clyde Lambert, Regional Manager: Department of Agriculture, said his department and the George Municipality started working together last year on a national developmental plan to create jobs and opportunities.

Lambert said the training was one of the platforms created George is the only municipality so far that is running with the initiative. "Agriculture is not only about farming and I hope some of the youngsters pursue careers in agriculture." He encouraged locals to work hard at the cultivation of vegetable gardens and becoming self-sufficient. He said the department and municipality were taking hands in future endeavours in agriculture and projects might have great possibility for small farmers.

Caption: Trainees and stakeholders from the George Municipality and the Department of Agriculture at the certificate ceremony.