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Pioneering Climate-Smart Horticulture – HortiDemoCentre launches new training offering

The HortiDemoCentre, located at the department of Agronomy, Stellenbosch University, has emerged as a hub for innovative horticultural technology and sustainable farming practices. Since its grand opening on October 20th, 2022, the centre has captivated local and international audiences, showcasing resource-efficient production techniques with great success. The centre is dedicated to advancing climate-smart horticulture and through strategic partnerships with industry leaders, the centre showcases future fit Dutch horticultural technology and provides a platform for teaching and training in innovative cropping systems to support future food security. Its mission is to empower stakeholders with the knowledge and tools necessary for profitable, productive, sustainable, and climate-smart agronomy.

Exciting news awaits as the HortiDemoCentre announces the launch of a diverse range of climate-smart training opportunities open to the public, set to commence in July 2023. Collaborating with renowned industry leaders such as Delphy BV, Stellenbosch University, Greener Solutions, Ludvig Svensson, Ridder Group, Rijk Zwaan, Control Union, and Koppert South Africa, the centre offers a comprehensive blend of knowledge and cutting-edge technology spanning the entire horticultural value chain.

Participants can expect a curated selection of short courses designed to cater to the needs of students, emerging and commercial farmers, and extension workers. Delving into crucial topics such as Crop Production, Greenhouse Management, and Business Skills for Horticulture, these courses empower attendees with practical skills and insights that will propel their horticultural ventures to new heights of success. The target groups for these short courses include commercial and emerging farmers, students, agronomists, researchers, local government and extension services, as well as value chain actors such as buyers and retailers. Joining our esteemed network offers invaluable opportunities for collaboration and networking, allowing participants to amplify their impact within the horticultural landscape. This is an invitation to embark on a journey of growth and innovation. Enrol in our climate-smart training opportunities at the HortiDemoCentre and unlock the full potential of your horticultural endeavours. Together, we will shape a future where sustainable practices and technological advancements harmoniously coexist, cultivating prosperity at every step. Join us today!

Course dates set for July and August. Dates for courses from August to November to be announced soon:

  • Basics of Financial Management – 10 – 14 July
  • Tomato production – 24 July
  • Greenhouse Management – Hygiene – 25 July
  • Crop rotation – 25 July
  • Crop strategy – When to plant and harvest – 25 July
  • Cultivation system – Type of trellising – 26 July
  • Crop Management – Twisting and pruning – 26 July
  • Greenhouse management – Climate control – 3 August
  • Fertigation – Irrigation management and nutrition management – 17 August
  • Post harvest management – 25 August
  • Global gap certification – 25 August
  • Greenhouse design and construction – 31 August

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