EDGARS STORES has embarked on a five-hectare farming project at Mpilo Central Hospital grounds as part of efforts to help the public health institution meet its food requirements and reduce its food bills.
By Benson Dube
The project comprises of portions for poultry, vegetables, dairy cattle breeding and rabbits.
The health institution currently spends over $600 daily on vegetables.
Edgars group corporate social responsibility manager Stephen Guwa said the project was being jointly-run by the clothing firm and Bambanani community comprising Magwegwe and Sizinda communities.
“When the garden starts to flourish, we will hand it over to the hospital authorities,” Guwa said.
“We will divide the land into several portions and we will introduce cattle with zero grazing. Our vision with this garden is for the hospital to be self-sufficient in milk, eggs and vegetables.”
The clothing outlet has already provided garden tools, seed and fertilizer worth $1 000 towards the project.
Mpilo resources mobilisation officer Sibonisiwe Mpala said the launch of the project was timely and would signficantly cut the hospital’s overhead costs.