There has been lots of concerns over the possible loss of the Philippi Horticultural Area due to developments.
The Western Cape government's Beverley Schafer says the City of Cape Town needs to be gently reminded of how important agriculture is to the economic development of the town.
She says the The Philippi Horticulture Area carries a lot of value, it provides a large percentage of Cape Town's vegetable needs, therefore it is important that the area is preserved.
Obviously they are put under pressure by developers and the fact that they need to provided housing.— Beverley Schafer, chairperson of the standing committee on economic development,tourism and agriculture in WC
We just have to gently remind them that this is one area we need leave in perpetuity for the future of food security for this province.— Beverley Schafer, chairperson of the standing committee on economic development,tourism and agriculture in WC
Schafer says she has personally written to the Mayor of Cape Town asking her not to make any decisions on the Philippi Horticultural Area until the feasibility study on the footprint of PHA is concluded in February next year.
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This article first appeared on 702 : WC government supports preservation of the Philippi Horticultural Area