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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 Field School at the SK Agricare Model Farm  and offers the Organic Farmer Development Programme in four levels as mentioned in the introduction on about us. 

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. 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 started 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 is responsible for capacity development in all our farmer beneficiaries, including preparing them for organic compliance. Due to covid 19 pandemic, the course was conducted on virtual platforms

SK Agricare are promoters of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)'s Global Soil Doctors Programme in South Africa. The first session was on virtual platforms in January 2020, followed by a series of practical training on demonstration plots which has been rolling out from March 2021 in provinces

SK Agricare on-the-field mentor unit  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.  The differently-abled learners are also part of the Global Soil Doctors programme.

The Global Soil Doctor programme is  an on-going concern as candidates register and take the course on a self directed basis. The outline of the course is detailed in our Course Guide. Once registered the candidates have access to learning platforms with relevant course materials. At formative assessment levels the candidate is assisted to set and launch their Agricultural Demonstration Plots, as per chosen themes. Registration forms can be accessed here.

As the candidate registers for individual training, they are required to register their site as well, because this is the site from which all demonstrations for farmer-to-farmer training will be performed. This is the site that will be registered on the Global Soil Information System (GLOSIS). The site registration form can be accessed here

Potential candidates can also contact us here if they need one-on-one consultation


 
























PROMOTING ONE-VILLAGE-ONE-PRODUCT PROGRAMME WITH LEMONGRASS and ROSEMARY

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


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Rosemary at the Model Farm 

Rosemary Cultivation is another market led produce that our emerging organic farmers are intensifying at village level. Fresh Rosemary is sold at the market while the rest is processed 

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  • Sustainable Harvesting
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  • Essential Oil
  • Capsules
  • Facial Scrub
  • Skin Freshner
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COVID -19 Preventive and Promotive health measures

We provide protection of self and others against droplet infection that causes spread of the covid -19 virus by social distancing and wearing of masks. As a health promotion and  illness prevention measure 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 as well as food supplements processed from weeds and herbs


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