The Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) has called for a responsible investment in agriculture in order to eradicate hunger and poverty in KwaZulu-Natal.
The party stated that the need to assist farmers in the country overcome drought can never be over-emphasized as such help will pave way for bigger agricultural production. IFP provincial MPL and Agriculture committee member, Nhlanhla Msimango said,
“The Inkatha Freedom Party in KwaZulu-Natal calls for a significant increase in responsible investments in agriculture to eradicate hunger and poverty in our province in view of the unemployment statistics which showed that 355 000 jobs were lost in the first quarter of 2016.
“Agriculture is a potential solution to unemployment. Job creation in agriculture will lead to income generation without much demand for specialised skills impartation.”
Msimango emphasized the importance of rural farmers, describing them as the lifeline of economic development in the country. The IFP MPL added that agricultural investment has long shown itself to be one of the most effective and sustainable means for reducing hunger and poverty.
He said special attention should be paid to smallholding farmers, who need support to overcome the challenges that prevent them from producing more food, saving and investing in their future.
According to him, South African farmers deserve a supportive environment that makes agriculture attractive for investments. They also need support from the provincial government department and access to good infrastructure, public services and information in rural areas.
He noted that “with the vast amount of agricultural land available in our province, this is a sector where youth can themselves become the creators of jobs for fellow youth.”
Hence, the need for financial and mentorship support from the various established stakeholders.
IFP Calls For Care During Circumcision
Recently, the party called on KZN MEC of Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo to appoint a task team to monitor the circumcision programme in healthcare facilities.
This important call was made after a nine year-old boy from Eshowe in northern KwaZulu-Natal lost half of his penis after a botched circumcision at Samungu Clinic. IFP KZN Provincial Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Ncamisile Nkwanyana, said,
“There must be continuous training for those in charge of performing male circumcision to avoid unnecessary injuries. This leads to medical negligence claims where people sue the department of health millions of rand. This must come to an end.”
The party expressed concerned about money wasted on medical negligence claims and distress caused to the people. In addition, it said it believes that excellent public healthcare is central to government’s role of empowering South Africans to live the lives they value.
On the hand, IFP has promised to rework its Medical Innovations Bill, which would allow for the medical use of marijuana, or pursue amendments to other pieces of legislation in a bid to get sick people access to the drug as quickly as possible.
The Medical Innovations Bill was first introduced to parliament in 2014 as a Private Member’s Bill by the late IFP MP Mario , who treated his lung cancer with cannabinoids.
At that time, Ambrosini told Parliament that “There is no rational argument for continuing to deprive medical marijuana to people like me who need it.”