Conclusion on Commercial Planting

All the farmers that planted during the last season is eager to plant again in the 2018/2019 season. ESDF and the farmers have already started working towards a successful planting season in 2018/2019. ESDF would like to work in collaboration with GFADA so that they may proceed with the Soy planting training. ESDF is currently working on developing a small threshing machine for the groups planting 1 – 2 hectares plots in order to address the problematic combining situation. The current lack of insurance of the crops is a problem but might be overcome if the tonnage per hectare can be increased to ensure that insurance expenses are justified.

Workshop & Seminars

Nsebenzwenhle Primary School Hall Mkomazane Area ESDF attended the SHG Womensday Event held on the 9th of August 2017 in Bergville. A Soy demonstration was presented and samples of the soy product where handed out to the 200 women that attended the event.

SoyCow Installations

There were no SoyCow installations even though there is a SoyCow in storage at the ESDF premises. Installation will proceed as soon as a viable group and location has been identified. 

Previous Installations
Etemoholeng Soy Project, Thibeza Village Qwa-Qwa ESDF inspected and serviced the SoyCow during which Boiler components were replaced to restore the SoyCow back to working order. It is good to note that this group is still using the SoyCow.

EThembeni (Place of Hope)

Please refer to their website for a full report ( Jabulani Campsite A VitaGoat was installed at the camp last year to perform Soy Demonstrations to the youth groups. Please see report from the Camp Manager, Bonginkosi  Thabede.