Western Cape Department of Agriculture and the Deciduous Fruit Development Chamber of South Africa (DFDC-SA) has handed over 10,000 fruit parcels to the NGO Gift of the Givers, to be distributed among the vulnerable communities living in the Western Cape
Gift of the Givers is supporting more than 20,000 people per day, and the fruit packs will be added to the food parcels, that they deliver to the relief centres.
Dr Thembi Xaba, CEO of DFDC-SA said, “Deciduous fruit producers and partners are aware of the challenges faced by our communities as a result of COVID-19. While this gesture alone may not be enough to tackle the magnitude of socio-economic problems that our country is faced with, at present; it serves as the beginning of many more future engagements with like-minded partners.”
Dr Mogale Sebopetsa, head of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, thanked the DFDC-SA and deciduous fruit producers for their generous donation.
“The Western Cape Department of Agriculture welcomes this donation by the Deciduous Fruit Development Chamber (DFDC), towards the relief efforts started by the government, amid the growing crises. This will go a long way in addressing the challenges, faced in terms of food security and nutrition. I commend DFDC and its remarkable leadership for heeding the call, and taking prompt action. Quite a few of these farmers have been supported by the department, and it is exciting to see them giving back to the communities. We are indeed better together,” he said.