Scelo Kunene Agricare

SKA

Our Services 

 


Our services focus on farmer economic empowerment including health and nutrition sensitive farming. One of our programmes is the Organic Farmer Field School at the SK Agricare Model Farm  and offers the Organic Farmer Development Programme in four levels for various target groups:

 ·        Level one addresses practical learner needs for individuals who cannot read or write. Learner material for this sector is in graphics complemented with workshops and mentor sessions

·        Level two is mainly on-the-field training and mentorship for farmers who do not want to sit in class for theory, but, prefer specific technical assistance which is supplemented with information and knowledge shared live through various forms of media (including radio and newspaper).

·        Level three addresses learner needs of farmers who can read, write, assimilate and internalise isiZulu or English learner material. SK Agricare have compiled ten modules on the subject in a booklet that is available in both English and isiZulu.

·        Level four addresses English language literate farmers who can assimilate theory and practice content fairly well, and these learners receive SAQA’s (South African Quality Authority) NQF (National Qualifications Framework) Unit standard aligned learner material 

Guidelines for Emerging Organic Farmer Groups participating in OVOP Organic Programme

The coining and implementation of the One-Village-One-Project (OVOP) Organic Programme has 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 buyer specifications of the produce. This has mutual benefit for both the buyer and the producer. 

The OVOP Programme is implemented recognising principles of organic farming. Even though this is an agricultural programme we have had associations with beneficiaries before who have followed us throughout our development path and have grown with us. We share some of milestones in this career path. 

Organic production is facilitated through Participatory Guarantee System (PGS)., which is a more affordable organic system for small scale farmers. PGS Certification information is shared with emerging organic farmers via workshops and Open Days at the SK Agricare Model Farm, and detailed procedures are discussed with farmers during knowledge empowerment sessions. Most materials for emerging organic farmers are in vernacular for ease of comprehension. 

We are starting Internal Organic Inspector Course in March 2020. The outline of the course overview for 2020 shows topics to be presented in the first formal training session. The first group of Internal Inspectors will be responsible for capacity development in all our farmer beneficiaries, including preparing them for organic compliance. Due to covid 19 pandemic, the course dates have been altered. 

Registered course participants are in the meantime engaging with self-introductions online. The current list is not complete, participants will be gradually uploaded as and when they are ready. Participants are able to access pre-course materials to peruse while awaiting lockdown clearance, so that by the time they sit for theory on first block, they are ready to engage relevantly as participants in the global market chain

We are currently planning for online interaction with the registered participants for the online Internal Organic Inspector Course. We are also still open for new registrations until further notice and the internal organic inspector course outline is accessible.

SK Agricare Organic Farmer Field School has conducted the first capacity development session empowering differently abled individuals at Enduduzweni Centre for the Disabled at Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal. A brief post-training report is accessible. 



 
























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 types of Lemongrass, Cymbopogon citratus, Cymbopogon citriodora and Cymbopogon flexuosus


Up to so far we are processing Lemongrass blades into Lemongrass Herbal Tea as well as Wholesale Dried Lemongrass for Herbal Tea

Rosemary at the Model Farm 

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, while waiting for the start of essential oil processing.

COVID -19 Promotive and Preventive measures

We provide protection of self and others against droplet infection that causes spread of the covid -19 virus. As a health promotion and  illness prevention we encourage measures that address a well maintained immune system at village level by enhancing access to traditional health promotion herbs as well as edible weeds that can be used with regular daily meals

Physical barrier from potential droplet infection we promote use of face shields together with masks or in the place of masks depending on the circumstances.


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