The 11th of October 2017, marked a special day for some residents of Cosmo City, They were being presented with certificates for completing a 3 month course in the Agricultural sector. The purpose of the course was to equip people with skills to be able to be self-sufficient, to have food to eat every day and a way to grow through agriculture.
Agriculture is the art and science of growing plants and other crops and that of raising animals for food, other human needs, or economic gain“. Agriculture can be defined as the cultivation and/or production of crop plants or livestock products.” Agriculture includes Crop Production, Animal Husbandry & Dairy Science, Agriculture Chemistry & Soil Science, Horticulture, Agri Economics, Agri Engineering, Botany, Plant Pathology, Extension Education and Entomology, which develops its separate and distinct branches of agriculture occupying these days place in several Agri Universities in the world.
‘’ Today we are meeting here, to hand over the certificates to the class that did the Agri-Seta course which was crop production as well as plants, 25 people managed to finish the course. So today we are handing them their certificates,’’ Said Sibongile Mnikathi, one of the participants in the programme.
This programme allowed people to have the ability to change their own economic situation at home. It promoted entrepreneurship, skilled people in a field that could help sustain them and it gave them a starting point if they want to go into business for themselves.
Seeing their work on display brought smiles and even tears to the participants because it showed them that they did not need to live in situations they had no way of changing, and gave them the pride to know that they could do anything they put their minds to. It also made them realise that government could only go so far and do so much, the rest is up to them.
‘’ These vegetables that you see are the peoples hard work, it was them that made all of this possible and it was them who worked hard and set goals to achieve and build a future for themselves using the skills that they have learnt here. Some have even started their own businesses,’’ She explained.
Self-sufficiency is extremely important these days it may be the only way some families have food on their tables.