The year 2020 will be remembered as the year of the pandemic and a challenging time for all. However, it is during a time of adversity such as this that both the generosity and care demonstrated by the human spirit shines the brightest.
The Komati Small-scale Grower Association (KSSGA) together with the Komati Growers’ Association (KGA) saw both subsistence and commercial growers working together – as is customary in the Lowveld – to stage a special event to wish all the members of the KSSGA well over the festive season.
Working in partnership with the regional SA Canegrowers’ staff – who hosted the occasion – the associations raised enough funding to provide over 200 families with generous food parcels.
Those who attended the function were also given an opportunity to listen in on presentations on the bround-breaking SA Canegrowers Small-scale Grower Funeral Benefit Scheme by Mihr, the scheme’s under-writers.
The group was also given feedback by CottonSA on the results of recent cotton crop trials which are underway in Komati. This is in line with the diversification strategies spelled out in South African government’s Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan to 2030. Members were given important insight into the potential of the cotton crop as a production diversification option in the Lowveld.
SA Canegrowers Chairman and KSSGA Chairman, Mfundo Msimango hosted the event. He spent some time informing the growers on the benefits of SA Canegrower membership and allowing them an opportunity to sign up for membership.
“Its hard to beat a being at a gathering of hard working farmers, even under the Covid-19 lockdown regulations. We at SA Cangrowers enjoy nothing more than bringing the community together and starting conversations on how we grow value for our industry as a united grower body,” said Soren Bruce, SA Canegrowers’ Regional Manager for the Komati area.