FNB urges farmers to lend a hand for Covid-19

FNB urges farmers to lend a hand for Covid-19
SHARING IS CARING: First National Bank has urged grain farmers to donate their maize in order to ensure food security for needy communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. PICTURE BY Pakhouse

Donations can be made through emailing unigrain.co.za on [email protected]

FNB’s agriculture finance division is urging all farmers across the country to make a positive impact by lending a hand towards the Covid-19 social relief effort.

The farmers are particularly asked to contribute maize, which will be collected by Grain Care at various millers and be distributed as maize products to various needy communities.

Various communities in Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Free State and North West will benefit from the million rand donation amounting to 500 000 bags of maize meal.

It is campaign by Grain Care and the FirstRand Group’s SPIRE fund. FirstRand owns RMB and FNB.

Farmers and other businesses people in the agricultural sector can also donate money as part of assisting those who will be affected by the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Organisers say in other cases donated maize will be converted into cash via Safex and then used to buy finished maize products from participating millers.

FNB’s Dawie Maree said maize remains “an essential staple” in South Africa as it is consumed in high volumes within communities.

“As we prepare for harvesting, let us consider using some of our crops or income to make a positive impact, especially within the communities in which we operate,” appealed Maree.

He said the aim is to buy and distribute 7 000 tonnes of super maize to feed communities as researchers predict millions of people could be forced into poverty by the global pandemic. 

“Together we can make this possible,” Maree said.

RMB’s Andrew Aitken said communities that provide labour to the agricultural sector will benefit through this initiative.

(edited by MLM)

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