DUT’S HORTICULTURE DEPT HOLDS MARKET DAY TO RAISE FUNDS
Written by: Shanice Pillay
Spring has sprung and the Horticulture Department from the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) hosted its Market Day.
It is the first of such events by the department and one of their initiative to bring awareness about Horticulture and also support students that cannot afford food on campus.
Head of Department in Horticulture Dr Lucy Njoki Kariuki explaines that students are sometimes fatigue in the afternoon classes. DUT has a food security project which is used to support students who are unable to afford food.
“The main purpose of it (Market Day) is to let people know what we do at the nursery and the art of growing plants,” said Kariuki.
She added that they did not have enough funding to support more students and that only two students received funding from the food security project.
Each year the Department of Horticulture has an Extended Curriculum Programme (ECP), whereby students do a project which supports communities. This year, beneficiaries will be students who cannot afford food on campus.
Students learn about the enviornment during such an engagement.
“The experience in horticulture is amazing. We get to learn about different plants and where they originate and where they adapt. This Market Day we got to raise money for our nursery as well as displaying what we have,” said Simphiwe Gumede, a third year horticulture student.
Customers at the Market Day included the Green Campus Initiative Project (GCI). Mfumo Mabunda, who believes this is a good initiative, said, “A lot of people need to be aware of the greening campaigns that are happening throughout our campuses. Initiatives such as these need to happen on a daily basis in order for us to live sustainable lives.”
The department hopes to continue with its Market Day project in light of promoting the importance of Mother Nature.
*Caption: Customers and students at the Horticulture Market Day.