13 August 2007
National, provincial and local government departments of Agriculture and Water Affairs and Forestry and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) have pledged their support for the Phadima Agricultural Association in Sekhukhune in Limpopo.
The Association comprises seven farming groups who are engaged in growing traditional crops and saving seeds from these.
The Association has been working with the ARC to propagate seed for storage in the ARC's gene bank. The ARC is also conducting research among Phadima farmers on indigenous knowledge systems and their use in agriculture, including identifying and documenting crops, innovations; and production systems.
Biowatch South Africa and EcoHope have been working with the Phadima farmers for some time around low-cost agriculture, traditional and organic methods for some time.
The national, provincial and local departments of Agriculture and Water Affairs and Forestry will be meeting with Phadima farmers tomorrow to discuss practical ways in which they can offer support. The meeting is at 10 am at the Diphagane Gardening Project.
For more information please contact Peter Komane from Biowatch South Africa on 015-491 3560 or 082 9581912or Simon Phaladi from Phadima Agricultural Association on 072 197 6729