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. 

The Team

To date the team is 100% women and is 66% young women while 34% comprises retired professionals. The Programmes Director, Sicelo Kunene, oversees all projects.  Jabu Ncube is in charge of monitoring all external projects that interact with the organisation whether they be on the supply side or demand side of the value chain. Mofedi Nkabinde heads the Young Maidens Development Programme.

Pat Sishi plays the role of the Patron for having been with the organisation through its developmental stages and having supported external projects by ensuring that plans are implemented within set timelines. Nomfundo Nkabinde heads the communications and public relations unit, while Noxolo Nkabinde is a liaison director in charge of mobilising potential new markets.

 Programme Beneficiaries

The small to medium size farming communities are the main beneficiaries of our services and products. The emerging farmers enter into a programmes that promote growth and development to next levels in order to avoid a situation that produces emerging farmers who emerge all their business life. 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. Taking care of the environment means that nothing goes to waste. That which the livestock farmer regards as waste is the one thing that forms inputs for the crop farmer who in turn provides input for the livestock farmer with harvest waste/ remnants.

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.

CHABUTHI FARMS entities enter into a Limited Exclusivity and Increased Viability agreement, where exclusivity will be limited to the organic product lines developed specifically for the specific customer and the product will be branded with the programme logo specifications bearing reference to SK Agricare.

Farmer Development Programme is in four sectors

Sector 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

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

Sector three addresses practical learner needs for individuals who cannot read or write. Learner material for this sector is in graphics complemented with mentor sessions 

Culturally Guided Women Development Programme

The core function of SK Agricare has been designed by adapting and adopting an architectural principle which states “Form follows Function”, therefore we have designed development programmes that encompass and serve various functions for all generational levels. 

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.  


































































 

 

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