Training course: Certificate in Organic Agriculture (SAQA 48977 - NQF 2)
Place: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Training language: English or Zulu
Dates: Admission is in August each year; application deadline: March 31st
Duration: 8 months (the course is full time, with two hours theory each morning and five hours of practical work on the Foundation’s organic farm)
Cost: US $2,000 (Theory and Practical tuition only)
Funding: Students have to find their own fees or scholarships
Target groups and admission requirements: Anyone literate and numerate in English, Zulu or German with one year of organic farming experience who is willing to work.
Training objectives: Train farmers to work practically growing vegetables (only brief introduction given to animal nutrition, housing and handling at present).
Training program: The programme consists of eight modules:
- Permaculture and environmental sustainability.
- Organic farming and quality management..
- Soil fertility and plant nutrition in sustainable farming systems
- Soil and water conservation
- Establishing the crop.
- Maintaining and harvesting the crop.
- Animal Production.
Details of the programme may be found at www.saqa.org.za (search under “Qualifications and Unit Standards”, then “Search for Quallification”, then “All Qualifications” then enter 48977).
Dr Raymond Auerbach, Director.
Rainman Landcare Foundation,
P O Box 2349, Hillcrest 3650, South Africa.