On 8 February 2017, Radio Khwezi attended the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) Famers Day and field visit held at Gatyana (Willowvale). The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) is participating in an international public-private partnership
The project is called Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA). The WEMA project aims to enhance food security and improve rural livelihoods among smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa through development and deployment of drought-tolerant and insect-protected maize hybrids. WEMA products are drought tolerant conventional and transgenic (GM) hybrids that give at least 25% yield. Farmers were very happy about the progress of their very own farms as they replaced their IsiXhosa maize with TELA hybrids, and they started to see a great impact of this hybrids. Their yield is expected in early June. The Eastern Cape farmers are using their farm as a source of income and to meet the education expenses of their children.
Photos and report: Saziso Dlamini