Scelo Kunene Agricare

SKA

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Our services focus on farmer economic empowerment including health and nutrition sensitive farming.

Target groups at village level

The emerging organic farmers at village level are enlightened on simple aspects such as identifying sources of nutrition from indigenous plants, such as those we consider weed. 

The Young Maidens Development Programme is being implemented through a protege group Kwa-Felekisi that is being assisted and mentored to develop a similar programme to ours: 

Mentorship

During farmer field training they are tasked with identifying suitable plants for their locality which are also on the buyers list so that they plant mainly products whose market has been secured.  

Our mentees include youth that is also empowered in organic production and  agri-processing as well as agripreneurship:

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We encourage inter-cropping that incorporates food forests in order to meet village food needs. The produce from other crops that do not meet market demand are processed and retailed in the village

Guidelines for Cooperatives in participating in OVOP Organic Programme

Developing organic farming projects in KZN Coastal region has been thought through, and experimented through trial and error over a period of ten years. Lessons learned are now utilised to design, plan and implement a viable and sustainable organic programme. The coining and implementation of the One-Village-One-Project (OVOP) Organic Programme had a long term goal of mass production of organic produce to cater for needs of national and international buyers. 

It is a pre-requirement to identify and secure relevant markets for the organic products so that by the time producers are signed up they are familiar with product specifications of the produce. This has mutual benefit for both the buyer and the producer. Participants in the KZN OVOP Organic Programme are required to sign a farmer agreement to ensure they abide by the principles of the programme

The following guideline intends to assist cooperatives and emergent organic farmers as well as other significant stakeholders in designing and implementing organic farming projects to participate within the KZN OVOP Organic Programme

1.     Start- up

 Identification of location/ site

Research and Establish planting  times and finalise planting dates
Site assessment in relation to:

Soil moisture

Shade

Flooding

2. Space requirements
Identify and Mobilise required Resources 
Establish production teams, harvest and post-harvest teams
Draft and develop business plan

3. Site Selection for
OVOP Organic Programme Projects

It is imperative to identify virgin land to use for the establishment and development of an organic produce farm. Selecting virgin land facilitates and speeds up the certification process. Soils degraded by overuse of chemical fertilisers takes up to three years and more to sanitise

4. Discuss and Decide with beneficiaries what to plant

Identify suitable plants for your land

Contact our office or the Department of Agriculture  for guidance

Discuss and reach consensus as a group of beneficiaries

5. Designing the Project

Design a planting plan for food forests, legumes, herbs and table vegetables taking into consideration:

  • Site requirements
  • Plant(s) characteristics
  • Compatibility with the environment  
  • You might want to consider setting      firebreaks if needed and windbreaks to be planted along crop borders and field borders to protect crops from known and unknown risks as well as to ease monitoring
  • Finalise the plan by getting commitment and affirmation from all stakeholders

6. Preparing the Site 

Site preparation can be as simple as cutting the grass or as intensive as removing boulders, shrubs, ploughing, disking, raking and pre-digging of holes if a decision to cultivate in planting holes is being considered.

7. Start Planting the Site

  • Apply organic soil fertility methods as recommended
  • Control and manage soil moisture before and during planting
  • Protect from domestic and wild animals      

8. Long-Term Maintenance

A long term plan created during planning should be implemented and managed. This should include and not be limited to:

  • Mulching
  • Weeding
  • Irrigating
  • Pruning
  • Environmental protection

Ensure all beneficiaries and all stakeholders are committed to the long-term maintenance plan by allowing free flow of relevant information

9. Recognition of Prior Knowledge (RPK) in Organic Production

Commit to training programme as presented by the service provider and the sponsors of the programme implementation

  • Commit to assessment of RPK to allow for readiness to learn
  • Where possible, community     representatives should also benefit from capacity development sessions on the organic production benefits

Towards maturity of organic production, community representatives may be given an educational tour of the organic farm to encourage involvement and dissemination of information to broader village
























PROMOTING ONE-VILLAGE-ONE-PRODUCT PROGRAMME WITH LEMONGRASS

Lemongrass, also called fever grass, is a perennial plant with thin, long leaves, although indigenous to many Asian countries, is now becoming a regular feature in many multi cropping sites in small villages in the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, as propagated and promoted by SK Agricare Model Farm coordinators.

The Model Farm is producing three type of Lemongrass, Cymbopogon citratus, Cymbopogon citriodora and Cymbopogon flexuosus 

We are making efforts to identify potential investors to extend Lemongrass Plantation and agri-processing.On-line presentation can be accessed here:  

Rosemary at the Model Farm 

  • Rosemary
    Rosemary

Rosemary Cultivation is another market led produce that our emerging organic farmers are massifying at village level.

The excess rosemary produce is dried and also used to infuse in edible oils



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