Durban - An appeal has been made for the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to fast-track the provision of water services for irrigation purposes.
According to King Goodwill Zwelithini, this will go a long way in enhancing the agricultural work of rural communal subsistence farmers who often experience poor harvests due to a lack of adequate water resources.
Zwelithini officially met with KZN MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, Bongiwe Sithole-Moloi, at Linduzulu Royal Palace in KwaNongoma on Monday, where the MEC outlined the objectives of the budget that was tabled in the KZN Legislature in July.
The King shared with the MEC the urgent need to assist communities with irrigation services, especially those that rely on farming for survival and hard hit by the recent drought.
“This should be done by scooping of dams and drilling of boreholes amongst others in order to preserve and provide clean water for livestock and crop irrigation,” the King said.