A local vegetable farmer, Mr Moses Fakude, has come to the rescue of many needy citizens of Piet Retief. Mr Fakude has developed his agricultural farm towards the end of Pretorius Street, in Harmony Park.
His farm was developed with the help of a local business, that assisted him with seedlings and set up the irrigation system required to maintain the production. He was also assisted to retrieve training from the Department of Agriculture. He grows tomatoes, pumpkin and brinjal, commonly known as eggplant. Situated in the heart of the Harmony Park community, he was approached by several families that needed assistance with food as they were under-going financial struggles.
He immediately jumped at the chance to assist with their plight, but also planned on “planting” knowledge among the needy. This passionate farmer saw the need to assist within his community and he started helping the underprivileged with vegetables so that they could have a healthy meal at their homes. He was very committed to enriching the community and he decided to not only provide with food, but also with education on how to grow the vegetables. He wanted to leave them with a skill so that they could provide for their families back at home.
Mr Fakude is a devoted farmer and he ensures that his crop is of good quality before he sends any produce out to his suppliers. His expertise, obtained from his training, enables him to provide just that and adds more value by instilling his knowledge within the underprivileged. His urgent desire to bring agriculture into the hands of the community, can be seen as he displays interest in enhancing the families’ knowledge with ‘fruit for life’, as they can go home and apply what they learnt on the fields, in their very own gardens. The community is grateful for Mr Fakude’s contribution towards the underprivileged and appreciates his support in teaching the agricultural trade to people that will hopefully use it to achieve a sustainable income.