By Lulutho Skeyi
Buffalo City Metro Executive Mayor Councillor Xola Pakati will handover hydroponics tunnels to Duncan Village youth on October 15.
Hydroponics are the process of growing plants in sand, gravel, or liquid, with added nutrients but without soil.
The roll out of the hydroponics programme is part of the fundamental aims to ensure food security, combat poverty and unemployment to promote agriculture within the community.
The project includes 100 by 30 metre tunnels, water sources, power generator, fertigation house to combine fertilization and irrigation, water harvesting tanks and a storage facility. The tunnels are expected to produce tomatoes and sweet pepper for both local markets and export.
The project is made up of 12 youth from Duncan Village with age groups ranging from 19 to 31 years of age.
Aside from the 12 direct beneficiaries, local people are expected to benefit as well with six people predicted to be employed on daily basis. This number will increase during a season of harvesting or planting.
The beneficiaries received training in vegetable production under tunnels and will receive other relevant trainings.