The WRC celebrated Arbor Day in Tshwane, Mamelodi East in Pretoria with Bula Dikgoro Primary School and Agricultural Research Council (ARC) on Friday, 9 September 2016.
Arbor Week is a national campaign initiated to celebrate South Africa’s trees and to raise awareness about their importance. The theme for Arbor Week 2016 is “Forests and Water.
As part of this celebration, the WRC entered into a partnership with Bula Dikgoro Primary School in Mamelodi East, to do a first of the pilot of school vegetable garden programme. The objectives of this partnership are to assist the school in developing an additional vegetable garden to augment the school’s feeding programme.
While speaking at the event, Mr Dhesigen Naidoo, WRC CEO emphasized how the WRC has started imparting knowledge around various crops, planting seasons and efficient water use for agricultural activities through rainwater harvesting and other water saving technologies.
This year, Arbor week celebrations are held from 4 to 10 September.
This action demonstrated the WRC’s commitment towards offsetting its carbon footprint and caring for the environment.
On the same day the development of the vegetable garden at the school and planting the seedlings was done with 8500 seedlings planted.
Abor day is aimed at protecting our indigenous forests; help prevent veld and forest fires; plant a tree to green our country, mitigate against climate change; plant indigenous trees that save water; use water conserving methods when planting trees and integrate fruit trees into your food gardens.
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