Eco Green Training Centre presently mentors farmers within the Xolo Tribal Authority, Ward 8, Port Edward to Gamalake Magisterial district of Ramsgate/Uvongo. The aim of the organization is to establish a Eco Training Centre with the primary focus on recycling waste materials, and Eco/Green farming techniques
Our aim is to establish a mentorship/training program which is backed by suitably supported sustainable outreach programs.
Presently these techniques are being utilized at the training facility in a ad-hoc manner, we wish to now formalized this practice by registering a fully fledged training school on the property. In the practical applications our aim is to create Unit Standards which will be registered in the near future.
There are no existing training centers in this area, and therefore the youth are disadvantaged, as they do not have access to further training facilities in when they leave school. By focusing on Recycling/Agricultural training techniques, through the establishment of a entry level Unit Std, the youth would be in an ideal situation to gain a formal qualification through the Eco Green Training Centre.
The areas we will cover are as follows
Climate change is becoming a fact of life in the farming community, it is becoming quite obvious (on a year on year basis) that the weather patterns are becoming more and more unpredictable. For example in the Port Edward area we are now experiencing a EL NINO phenomenon providing us with higher then average rain fall, but this can change quite quickly to El NANO (no rain) therefore farmers have to adapt at a quicker rate then in the past.
With higher rain fall the effect on crop growth can be quite sever, especially in the growth of bananas, Port Edward (high banana crop growing area) is feeling the effect f the long period of rain and shorter periods of hot weather. The effect is that the bananas take longer to flush with their fruit, with less rain. The other aspect of climate change is that the seasons are delayed by almost two months.
Four years ago the weather patterns were very different, Spring would start on the 1st of September, and a month later the onset of the hot weather would become apparent, presently we are still experiencing cold spells right up to and including end of November. The high winds we normally experience in August are now being felt in October/November causing the litchi trees (which are budding at this point) to loose a fair amount of their crops.
It is for this reason we have decided to implement the changes to farming practices to alleviate some of the expected shortages of rain water in the coming years.
CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL - WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR LIFE STYLES AND FARMING HABITS TO TRY AND OFF SET SOME OF THESE CHANGES.
Eco Green Pig & Poultry farming means the inclusion the use of recycled waste water, in the following training areas:-,
Fertilizer from manure:
Pigs/Poultry produce an abundance of natural fertilizer which can be treated, bagged and sold as profits for the rural farmers, but this fertilizer needs treating prior to sale, we have devised a training method for this purpose. By treating the end product with a flocculant formulation (all organic) the small scale farmer will have the ability to produce a fertilizer which is ready for use in crops.
Waste water recycling for the growing crops and use as animal drinking water:
Waste water from bathing and showers in the main households can be treated and used for watering crops, therefore drastically reducing water consumption from natural water sources.
The same waste water is treated in the same manner and utilised as drinking water for animals.
BY INTRODUCING THESE TECHNIQUES INTO OUR TRAINING WE WILL IMPROVE THE FARMERS ABILITY TO IMPROVE THEIR SOIL AND THEREFORE , GROW HEALTHER CROPS ON THE SAME LAND
Water conservation is of primary importance in farming and through the use of cultivating household “grey” water, we aim provide knowledge to farmers by include this in our training syllabus. By installing 5000L water tanks (which we are presently canvassing for funds) into each farming household we will be able to utilise the naturally occurring rain water run off from the roof of households, into tanks, therefore creating a naturally occurring water source for household usage and then piped onto crops as indicated in page 4.
Water Management Techniques:
Household water has a high rate of soap and other chemicals, which we have found is an effective natural treatment against nematode in vegetable crops, but high quantities of this water can be detrimental to crops, so an intervention of adding a treatment of the water prior to use in crops is vital. Within our Eco Green training centre one of the courses provided deal with treatment program effectively.
By introducing farmers to these methods of effective insect control we are able to reduce the need to spray pesticides therefore preserving soil. Please see Page 7 for diagram.
Recycling of plastic and glass:
The training center have entered into an agreement with a recycling company (Consol Glass) who will collect all crushed glass from a central point (within 5km of all small scale farmers), we encourage each student to collect all glass, (we include methods of crushing glass) from neighbors etc, take to a central point close to their home, this is then collected by our organisation, and sold onto Consol Glass, profits are then used for purchases of seed crops and given to each (student/farmer) for a period 3 months. In this way we can create jobs for sustainable growth through a network of sales of crops.
Recycling vehicle Tyres:
We train our farmers to use Vehicle tyres to build animal shelters, animal feeding troughs, crop growing, soil erosion through the building of retaining walls, contouring embankments on steep hills for growing of crops.
These tyres are abundantly available from Margate tyre manufacturers who are only too willing to drop them off at our training centre.. Crop irrigation through the use of old containers such as old washing machines, and any other vessel which can contain water.
Our organisation aims to use overseas volunteers to assist with training in the initial phase of the project, thereafter use the services of each student to share their knowledge with their neighbors/communities. In this way we will be in a position to grow organic crops, as a collective body, and sell these onto larger companies or municipal co-ops.
By establishing this training centre, not only will we be saving the environment and implementing changes to farming practices, we estimate that due to our training Centres we will have an impact on future crop retention..
We presently have an area of 1200m2 under cover, where classrooms have been set up to teach the theory of recycling & Eco farming methodologies. The sorting/crusing of recycled materials are also conducted in this area. It is from these lectures that we will formalise our training materials and formulate a basic Unit Standards for recycling in this country.
Teach a man/women to fish and he will/she feed herself for a life time.
We wish to obtain funds from the government institutions, to help us achieve our goal of producing 450 “Green farmers” by end 2012.
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