The National Integrated Tinkhundla Fruit Tree Development Programme was launched officially by the Honourable Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade in October 2014. The launch of this programme came shortly after the appointment of the Technical Committee which comprises government officials from different government Ministries and departments. These include the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Tinkhundla Administration and Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Tourism and Environment, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Commerce Industry and Trade and Swaziland Environmental Authority. This Programme is housed under SEDCO and incorporated under the One Household one Product Programme (OHOP).
- To use fruit production for income generation within each Swazi homestead. The idea is to promote the growing of hectares and hectares of the same type fruits that have a predetermined and secured market.
- Homestead clusters formed by 100 homesteads within the same geographic and ecological zone-10 same type fruit trees
- Schools- 100 same type fruit trees
- NCPs- 50 same type fruit trees
The programme will provide initial seed capital including seedlings, training and fertilizer/chemicals.
To qualify to benefit under the programme these players should have land that is big enough to plant and grow the minimum number of fruit trees, a perennial source of water for irrigating the fruit trees all year round, secure fencing to prevent damage to trees by animals, prior training on fruit tree production and a community fruit tree committee in place. On average fruit trees will bear fruits by year 2 and fully blossom by year 3 or 4.
Flow of activities:
- Community mobilization and cluster formation
- Training on theory and practice of fruit tree production
- Selection of ready beneficiaries
- Resource mobilization
- Providing seed capital (seedlings, fertilizer and chemicals)
- Assistance with planting and after care
- Monitoring and evaluation