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Council approves R3 million for urban farming<p>​The City of Cape Town’s Urban Farming Programme will be rolling out soon following Council’s approval of R3 million funding for this initiative.</p><p>Prior to this, the City put out a call inviting suitable not-for-profit organisations to apply for grant funding to implement a food gardens project in partnership with the City and the South African Institute of Entrepreneurship has been appointed as the service provider.</p><p>The intervention planned for the current financial year will see 720 farmers participate in an urban farming project. It is intended that 30 food (urban) farms will be implemented across the city within the 24 Subcouncils.</p><p>The project will provide support to new urban farmers using secured sites such as backyards, schools, open space around City buildings, churches, NGOs, clinics and libraries that require no capital costs.</p><p>‘The goal is to assist households to develop home gardens to supply most of the non-staple foods that a family needs every day of the year, including vegetables and fruits, beans, herbs and spices and even animals and fish.</p><p>‘The intention is also to assist the urban farming participants to establish cooperatives and facilitate the hosting of market days and informal trading activities, where a portion of harvested commodities are made available for supply, sale and distribution to the public.</p><p>‘The City of Cape Town will also assist with starter kits and business development support and facilitation of commodities to retailers,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management, Alderman Grant Twigg.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2021-05-03T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#ce59e3e3-ee3c-465c-972d-4c09853ff306;L0|#0ce59e3e3-ee3c-465c-972d-4c09853ff306|urban management;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb10

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