The minister made these remarks on Friday during a handing over ceremony of four tractors to the Ministries of Defence and National Security as well as of Justice and Law. Each ministry received two tractors.
Mr Mapesela encouraged the two ministries to first engage in community mobilization as well as negotiate with members of the community who have arable land with fertile soil but are unable to plough, saying they should engage in crop-partnership so that they could also get something to eat.
He promised that the agriculture ministry will subsidise a variety of seeds by 60 per cent in order to meet the farmers half-way in their effort to produce food.
He also urged the beneficiaries to ensure the safety of the donated machinery.