22 July 2014.
The IFP in KwaZulu Natal Legislature calls on
the MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development in KwaZulu Natal,
Cyril Xaba, to urgently consider the importance of introducing
agriculture subjects in schools.
"The IFP believes that rural high schools are
best placed below college level for instruction in agriculture.
Programmes must deliver consistent quality; they must be geared
towards addressing the skills needs in the sector; they must lay
the foundation for viable career-paths in agriculture.
Food security must be paramount in our
decisions about agriculture," said IFP Spokesperson on
Agriculture, Mr Nhlanhla Msimango, MPL.
"We further believe that the introduction of
agriculture subjects in schools must be given strong emphasis.
Obligatory manual subjects must be introduced, vocational
training must be increased and agricultural education must be
expanded in all schools in KwaZulu Natal and all over South
Africa," continued Msimango.
"The IFP calls for emphasis to be given on
instilling in all school children a realisation of the vital
part that development of the country's resources plays in its
future growth and progress and to impress upon them that farming
is, and can be, an honourable and gainful occupation," concluded
Mr Nhlanhla Msimango, IFP
Spokesperson on Agriculture, 074 259 0820
For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675