Monday, 04 April 2016 02:09

The Strategy for Agrarian Transformation on Track

Applied Research

Research alone is academic, unless it is informed by awareness of problems on-farm and supported by extension. To revitalise the agriculture and agro-processing value chain, we have to take our small-holder farms into the hi-tech world of the 21st century.

With this in mind and to improve agricultural productivity during the 2016/17 Financial Year, the KZN DARD’s Agricultural Research Services have a total of 96 registered projects. Topics of these applied research projects include:

  • Research projects on aspects of Conservation Agriculture.
  • Value adding to processed peach products in the Impendle area
  • Potato trials in collaboration with Potato South Africa are being conducted in a number of rural communities
  • Sweet potato research in collaboration with UKZN
  • Plant disease and weed control experiments
  • Indigenous livestock research
  • The monitoring of cropping trends via soil surveys to increase macadamia nut production
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