DA debates Gauteng 2014/15 Agriculture Annual Report

The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on 02 December 2015 by the DA’s Ina Cilliers MPL and Janho Engelbrecht MPL during a debate on the Gauteng Agriculture department.

 

Speech by
Ina Cilliers MPL

“Conservation Agriculture the new way to go”

  • The department should adopt a policy of conservation agriculture (CA).
  • Every year, the average maize farmer loses 13 tons of soil per hectare due to outdated and incorrect agricultural practices, and the GDARD is perpetuating this trend.
  • The department should stop and re-think everything they are doing in conducting business, we are in an age that requires innovation.
  • If CA were to be implemented by GDARD, teaching conservation agriculture to all beneficiaries, even homestead gardeners will benefit from no-till principles and companion planting.

The full speech can be obtained here

 

Speech by

Janho Engelbrecht MPL

“Poor economic performance is decimating Gauteng’s environment”

  • Gauteng has the most polluted rivers in the country. The main culprits responsible for that pollution are without doubt municipalities and failing reticulation infrastructure.
  • Despite numerous calls for action from the DA, the problems in Hammankskraal there not only persist, but are getting worse. The residents have to bear the brunt of failed governance.
  • More funds are needed and the department must tighten up financial controls, whilst tightening up control within the environmental compliance division.

The full speech can be obtained here