Scelo Kunene Agricare

SKA

Our Services 

 


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

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 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. Through SK Agricare Model Farm, small scale farmers affiliate in the CHABUTHI Farms (Organic Farms) not-for-profit entity and they are empowered through mentorship, workshops and information sharing sessions during SK Agricare Model Farm Open Days.

PGS Certification information is shared based on the PGS Quality Systems Manual, and detailed procedures are discussed with farmers during knowledge empowerment sessions. Most materials are in vernacular for ease of comprehension. 

























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

Up to so far we are processing Lemongrass blades into Lemongrass Herbal Tea

We are making efforts to identify potential investors to extend Lemongrass Plantation and agri-processing. Gradual growth has been achieved in two years of plantation extension.  

Rosemary at the Model Farm 

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    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, while waiting for the start of essential oil processing.



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