Scelo Kunene Agricare

SKA

About Us

In the interest of promoting nutrition sensitive agriculture, we are developing a model farm to be replicated in the country. It is a pure plant oil farm, we cultivate 2 non-edible oils and 1 edible oil (with plans of adding more edible oil trees in future) to process and distribute. The trees are spaced in hedgerows on zone three of the farm which accommodates arable crops. Zone one and two have been demarcated as a food forest and comprise an orchard with indigenous trees intercropped with perennial organic herbs and seasonal organic crops to maintain sustainable livelihoods while trading profitably. Apart from promoting regenerative energy on a small scale, we provide capacity in the nutrition sensitive sustainable farming systems that observe culture and innovation to local emerging organic farmers.

Our Policy Statement

It is our policy to understand and meet the requirements of our customers, be they internal or external, and to “do it right, first time - every time”.

We, the management of SK AGRICARE, are committed to comply with requirements and continually improve the effectiveness of the quality management system and outstanding service to our clients. We shall endeavour, at a minimum, to meet but, ideally exceed their expectations in terms of service, quality, delivery time and safety.

Management

Scelo Kunene Agricare (SKA) management is organised and managed in a creative way to generate very high levels of customer satisfaction while also maintaining focus with beneficiary communities at grassroots level. 

The founder of the organisation has had years of profitable personal and professional development and her vast experience is evidenced in the success of programmes offered by the organisation both internally and externally. 

What we do as a social enterprise

We are primarily a Consulting Agency in Sustainable Farming Systems with focus on organic production and creation of chemical free zones at village and / or township level. The participating emerging organic farmers do so under One-Village-One-Product (OVOP programme as they are encouraged to plant similar produce per village in order to meet market demand. This is done observing organic principles and, hence, we refer to them as CHABUTHI Farms (organic farms). The CHABUTHI Business Model is our point of reference.

  Programme Beneficiaries

The small to medium size farming communities are the main beneficiaries of our services and products. Even though our capacity development programmes focus mainly on crop farmers, we embrace and accommodate livestock farmers as well because we are aware that sustainable livelihoods can be promoted and maintained as long as sustainable agricultural practices are maintained. 

In order to ensure that all production meets consumer specification and consumer demand, we provide shared knowledge with all value chain participants by ensuring sustainable production, traceability and product integrity which has become a norm with contemporary sophisticated consumers.

The whole value chain participation consists of well-informed beneficiaries to the extent that they have access to ensured natural and sustainable farming systems where they are able to be part of the verification processes in the Participatory Guarantee System where all value chain participants work as a unit. In short, the producers are certified based on active participation of stakeholders, built on a foundation of trustsocial networks and knowledge exchange





 ON-THE-FIELD LEARNING

The Model farm is a learning experience for all. Soil rehabilitation is promoted by use of natural fertilisers, such as vermiculture, composting and  livestock manures.

The farm is demarcated into three zones. Zone one and two is where a  food forest can be observed and tasted. These are the busiest sections of the farm, inter-cropping with crop rotation, as well as open-pollinated seed programme can be experienced by individuals mostly on observation without any guided tour inputs.

CHABUTHI FARMS PROGRAMME

 CHABUTHI FARMS (Organic Farms). CHABUTHI FARMS fulfill the function of strategic collection points for all PGS certified products under the CHABUTHI FARMS Organic Programme. The aim of this partnership is promotion of job creation and sustainable agricultural trade in KwaZulu-Natal and nationally through facilitating the development of fully integrated value chains in the Organic industry.

Four levels of Farmer Development Programme is in four sectors

Level one addresses english language literate farmers who can assimilate theory and practice content fairly well, and these learners receive SAQA (South African Quality Assurance) aligned Unit standard learner material

Level two addresses learner needs of farmers who can assimilate and internalise isiZulu material.

Level three addresses practical learner needs for individuals who cannot read or write. Learner material for them is in graphics complemented with workshop and mentor sessions.

Level four is mainly on-the-field training and mentoring for farmers who do not wish to sit for theory, but, prefer specific technical assistance which is supplemented with information and knowledge shared through live local radio station where S. Kunene has a weekly broadcast on sustainable systems. There is free accessibility for promotive learner material in vernacular both online and in paper for all interested participants.

 Culturally Guided Women Development Programme

Even though the main focus is on emerging organic farmers, we are conscious of the fact that farmers are members of families that sometimes constitute three to four generations per household. One of the different development programmes purports to serve women whose mental and physical states can still participate in productive and sustainable livelihood activities.  Young out-of-school women in this programme are guided in food preservation and arts and crafts with guidance from grandmothers.


































































 

 

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