FARM PLANNING PRIORITISED IN PRIESKA
Bonnie Schumann, Nama Karoo Coordinator, EWT Drylands Conservation Programme
The EWT and the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) combined forces to bring Integrated Farm Planning and Management training to emerging farmers in the Prieska area. This is the second time the course is being presented in the Northern Cape; the first one was held in Loxton in February this year.
Sedrick Visser, Agricultural Advisor with the DALRRD, was instrumental in bringing the course to Prieska. “Sedrick is dynamic, energetic and very passionate about the work he does, this was clearly demonstrated as Sedrick shouldered the majority of the presentations in Prieska,” said the EWT’s Bonnie Schumann. This is a great example of the train the trainers concept bearing fruit given that Visser and three other advisors attended the first course as part of the EWT’s train the trainer approach. “Sedrick has set a very high benchmark for his fellow advisors to follow”, said Loraine van den Berg, from the Grootfontein Agricultural College, who played a mentoring role and also lectured during the course.
Altogether 17 participants attended the course, including four agricultural advisors. Farmers who attended the course provided very positive feedback regarding the contents and value of the course to their farming moving forward. Several farmers who attended the course have undertaken to work closely with Visser to complete their farm plan and implement key objectives they identified during the week to address sustainable land management issues on their farms.
The course focus is on key principles of sustainable land management and is a great example of how collaboration between agriculture and conservation can help achieve common goals by combining resources and knowledge, with farmers, and ultimately the Karoo environment benefitting.
This initiative forms part of the EWT’s Karoo Forever project and is funded by the Global Environment Facility through the Department of Environmental Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme.
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