The future of farming

Dube AgriLab Plantlets and Microscope


Farmers face a constant problem: getting good quality plant material from which to grow their crops. Young plants are vulnerable, and disease can spread like wildfire, ruining an entire crop before it has even begun to grow.

Professional nurseries can help. They take seeds or cuttings and grow them into healthy plantlets that farmers can use to produce the crops we all need.

More and more farmers and growers are turning to advanced tissue-culture laboratories to source their plantlets. These laboratories use the latest technology to produce plants that are disease free and carefully suited to their growing environment. Tissue-culture is not genetic engineering; the plantlets are grown naturally, but in sterilised and controlled conditions.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

1. The lab starts with a few specimens of the best varieties of a crop. For example, Dube AgriLab has a partnership with the South African Sugarcane Research Institute (SASRI) to produce NovaCane©, top-performing varieties of sugarcane. Specific varieties are selected to be produced through tissue culture, to suit the individual farmer’s growing conditions.

2. From these few specimens, the lab can grow hundreds of individual plants, produced in sterile conditions to avoid any contamination. Dube AgriLab, at full capacity, can produce more than 3 million plantlets a year!

3. Next the plants are “hardened” to make sure that they can withstand the harsh environment outside the lab. This means that the plants are robust enough to go out to farmers and growers, but are still disease and contaminant free.

4. Finally, the hardened plants are shipped out to farmers throughout the country and beyond.

The benefits of tissue-culture production go beyond having disease-free crops. Dube AgriLab has solar panels to reduce fossil-fuel dependence, and uses ebb-and-flow benches to reduce water and fertiliser consumption, making it environmentally friendly. Not only that, but its proximity to King Shaka International Airport and Dube Cargo Terminal lets it service farmers and growers throughout the country and internationally.

For more information, visit agrizone.dubetradeport.co.za/Dube-AgriLab

 

Sesishaye Kwazela
Isomiso KwaZulu-Natal

CSI Schools

IsiFundazwe saKwaZulu-Natal sibhekene nobunzima bokushodelwa ngaManzi, ngenxa yesomiso. Lesisomiso esibhekene naso saqale ngo-Ncwaba kunyaka odlule. Imithelela yaso kubalwa kuyo ukusha kwemimfula nokubhubha kwemfuyo.

Kubalulekile ukuthi njengezakhamuzi kanye nezimboni siqale ukonga amanzi, siwasebenzise ngobuhlakani, ukuze sigcine lawa amancanyana asele emadamini esiwasebenzisela ukuphuza, ukupheka nokugeza. Eminye yemithelela ngesikhathi sesomiso, ukuncipha kokudla okukhiqizwayo njengoba izitshalo zingakwazi ukukhula ngenxa yokushoda kwezikhuthazi ezizithola ngamanzi nokuqina komuhlabathi. Ukuzabalaza kwezithelo nokusha kwemimfula sekube ngumthethela omkhulu wokubhubha kwemfuyo kulesiFundazwe.

Ezinye zezindlela zokuthola amanzi ngaphandle kwamanzi atholakala emadamini, kubalwa ukumbiwa kwamapitsi (noma yibhobe) noku gcinwa kwamanzi emvula. Kuyabiza ukumba ipitsi futhi imishini esetshenziswayoikhethekile. Uma ufisa ukuba nepitsi kuyomele uthintane ne-hydrogeologist kanyenomNyango waManzi neNhlazeko okuyibona abanegunya lokuthi banqume futhi bagunyaze ukuthi umgodi ungakhiwa kanjani ngendlela engeke ikubizi kakhulu, futhi engaphazamisi imvelo.

IDube TradePort inohlelo ekuthiwa iWater Demand Management and Conservation Plan (WDM&CP). Isisekelo saloluhlelo ukuthi iDube TradePort isebenzise amanzi ngendlela engcono ngoba iqoqa amanzi emvula iphinde ihlanze amanzi angcolile bese iwasebenzisa kabusha ukuthelela izingadi, ezindlini zangasese, kanye nokufeza ezinye izidingo zezimboni ezikhona eDube TradePort. Okunye okuwumphumela omuhle waloluhlelo ukuth lunikeza ngezinkomba zokusebenziswa kwamanzi ukuze zonke izinhlelo zentuthuko nezimboni ezakhiwa eDube TradePort zibuke isimo samanzi ezinhlelweni zazo.

Ngalokho, ziningi izindlela nathi esingazisebenzisa ukonga amanzi ukuze singahlukumezeki kakhulu ngesikhathi sesomiso. Singanciphisa indlela esiwasebenzisa ngayo amanzi ngokuthi siziqoqele amanzi emvula esingawasebenzisa ukuthi sichelele izingadi negceke. Singaqiniseka ukuthi ompompi bavaleka kahle futhi umasiwasha izimoto sisebenzise amabhakede kunokuthi sisebenzise ipayipi lamanzi.

Lebombo Finepack: Making the Most of
KZN’s Fresh Produce

As consumers, we are used to being able to walk into a store and conveniently select fresh produce off the shelf, without thinking about how the fruit and vegetables we enjoy got from the farm to the shelves. Lebombo Finepack is one of the companies that make this possible.

Lebombo Finepack is a subsidiary of Lebombo Growers, a company with a presence in both the Western Cape and Mpumalanga. Their recent expansion to Dube TradePort is an exciting new opportunity to explore the KZN market.

“It’s all about relationships,” says Allister McFarlane, General Manager of Lebombo Cape. “We build relationships with farmers, and they know that they will get a good and fair price from us, without having to negotiate with the retailers themselves. We also build relationships with the retailers, who know they can rely on us to supply them with the top-end produce they want, packaged to the specifications they need.”

Lebombo does a lot more than simply move produce from one place to another. Because they are developing a national presence, they are able to source fruit and vegetables from different regions and extend the growing season. For example – due to differences in climate and geography – fruit may be out of season in Mpumalanga, but still in season in KwaZulu-Natal. Lebombo is able to get crops from different areas to keep supplying the market for as long as possible.

“KwaZulu-Natal is a new market for us, but Dube TradePort is making the transition much easier,” says McFarlane. “Logistically, we’re in the best possible position: no matter which way you go you have major transport routes. We’re close to the airport, the seaports, and the road network is improving all the time. We’re also in an agricultural hub at Dube AgriZone, and the benefits of uninterrupted power, great security for our workers and our stock, waste disposal and recycling, and so on, make it much easier for us to get a recognised accreditation, which is very important.”

According to McFarlane, one of the greatest costs to producers is moving their produce around the country, especially in smaller quantities. “If you aren’t moving a full truck load, the cost sky-rockets. We are in a position to consolidate different products, to minimise wastage and keep costs under control.”

Lebombo Finepack is an example of how logistics, producers, and retailers can work together to build South Africa’s fresh food supply chain. “It’s all about making everyone’s lives better: less risk for suppliers, better produce for consumers.”

For more information on the work done within Dube AgriZone, visit agrizone.dubetradeport.co.za

 

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Dube City

A next-generation business, retail and hospitality centre, located 3 minutes from King Shaka International Airport and 30 minutes from Durban’s CBD. Purpose-built to deliver a world-class cosmopolitan facility and transform the way business is conducted in the province. It contains offices, conference and entertainment facilities, with pedestrian-friendly tree-lined open spaces, all developed with environmental sustainability in mind.

Dube Agrizone

Africa’s first integrated perishables supply chain, hosting the continent’s largest climate-controlled growing area under glass totalling 16 hectares. The zone also hosts an on-site packing and distribution facility as well as Dube AgriLab, a state-of-the-art tissue culture laboratory and the only one of its kind in KZN.

Dube Cargo Terminal

Operating 24/7, Dube Cargo Terminal is one of the most secure and technologically advanced cargo operations in Africa, boasting in-house regulatory bodies and over 17 freight forwarders housed on-site within Dube TradeHouse. With the capacity to handle 100 000 tonnes of cargo annually as well as any aircraft flying today, this facility effectively provides an efficient and effective platform for access to global supply chains. By 2060, over 2 million tonnes of cargo will pass through the terminal annually.

Dube Tradezone

A specialised and fully-serviced 26-hectare industrial estate representing the Dube TradePort Industrial Development Zone, with R899 million private sector investment secured. The zone is ideal for new generation warehousing, manufacturing, logistics, and other airrelated national and international companies. With the completion of International Trade Avenue, investment potential of TradeZone 2 and 3 has been unlocked.

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Dube Tradezone

A specialised and fully-serviced 26-hectare industrial estate representing the Dube TradePort Industrial Development Zone, with R899 million private sector investment secured. The zone is ideal for new generation warehousing, manufacturing, logistics, and other airrelated national and international companies. With the completion of International Trade Avenue, investment potential of TradeZone 2 and 3 has been unlocked.

What is
Dube
Tradeport?

Dube TradePort is South Africa’s first purpose-built airport city, and one of the country’s newly established Industrial Development Zones, designed with the express goal of moving your business forward. Dube TradePort is made up of four distinct businss zones:

  • Dube City, a business and hospitality estate;
  • Dube TradeZone, an industrial estate;
  • Dube Cargo Terminal, a state-of-the-art cargo handling facility; and
  • Dube AgriZone, a cutting-edge agricultural estate.

In addition, Dube iConnect, a support service within the Dube TradePort precinct, is KwaZulu-Natal’s premier provider of cloudbased data handling

 

Time hop

2010

During the construction phase of Dube AgriZone, alien vegetation was cleared and graves were uncovered. After much investigation, it was discovered that they belonged to some of the indentured labourers who once worked in sugarcane plantations in the area. Their surviving relatives were located, and Dube TradePort embarked on a dignified restoration of the area, creating a memorial garden: a beautiful contemplative space that honours those who have paved the way before us. In 2010, the then Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Mr Zweli Mkhize, unveiled the Memorial Garden, marking the 150th commemoration of the arrival of the first Indian indentured labourers in South Africa.

 

2011

ngoMarch 2011 – Kwaqalwa umsebenzi woku vuselela isimo semvelo ezindaweni ezakhelene neDube TradePort, la khona kwaqalwa ukususwa kwezitshalo zokufika. Lomsebenzi usaqhubeka namanje, sekuqale nokutshalwa izihlahla zemvelo endaweni engaphezulu kwamaHectare angu-600. Imiphumela yalomsebenzi isiqalile ukubonakala kulendawo, sekuqale ukubonakala izilwanyana ezahlukahlukene zibuyela kulendowo, lokhu kutshengisa ukhuthi imvelo isiyabuyela esimeni sayo.

 
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DUBE TRADEPORT:
A MODEL FOR AFRICA’S FOOD SECURITY

Dube AgriZone is focused on growing the agricultural perishables sector in KwaZulu-Natal and has been able to create a progressive model that could ensure food security for South Africa.

The advantage of Dube AgriZone, as the first fully-integrated perishables supply chain in Africa, is the way it utilises limited growing area and resources for the production of high volumes of quality produce, implementing an extensive water recycling programme using rainwater harvesting and boreholes to ensure sustainability.

Mr Tobias Takavarasha, the South African representative and chairperson of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has recognised Dube AgriZone as a possible model for securing Africa’s food security. “There is plenty we can learn from this facility,” he said. “Perhaps one of the more important lessons is on forming partnerships and alliances. We need to adopt and adapt technologies to the local situation, and scale them upwards and outwards to achieve even better results.”

Dube TradePort’s food security initiative begins with Corporate Social Investment (CSI). It started with food garden projects in local schools, but has grown to include an investment of over R350 000 towards the supply and installation of an irrigation system that includes pumps, storage tanks and piping for subsistence farmers based in the Waterloo community, north of Durban.

As Mr Solomon Nkosi, Dube TradePort’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Project Leader remarks, “the real scope of this development continues to grow. We continue to form new partnerships with our neighbouring communities, instilling within them the notion of self-sustainability and empowering them with mechanisms that will ensure that they have food security.”

Mr Nkosi continues: “Dube TradePort is marshalling its resources to ensure food security within local communities in the vicinity of our precinct. We also support local farmers by hosting a farmers’ market in Dube City. We are making a real effort to contribute to the eradication of hunger in our lifetime.

 

Sigqugquzela Imvelo Yomdabu Ngohlelo Lwezihlahla

IDube TradePort inohlelo lweCorporate Social Investment (CSI) oluligxile kakhulu ekunakekelweni kwemvelo kuloluhlelo iDube TradePort ikhuthaza ukutshalwa kwezihlahla zemvelo emiphakathini esemaphethelweni nesizinda se Dube TradePort.

Ngaloluhlelo iDube TradePort iyakhuthaza iphinde ifundise imiphikathi ngokubaluleka koku nakekela imvelo ukuze siqinisekise ukuthi sitshala izithombo ezingadingi ukuchelelwa ukuzezihlume kahle. Lokhu kungenxa yokuthi lezizitshalo zivumelana nendawo. Izitshalo zemvelo zisiza kakhulu ngokuhlanza umoya namanzi, ziphinde ziphephise umhlabathi makuba nemimoya.

Izikole zasendaweni sezizuze kakhulu ngaloluhlelo lokutshalwa kwezihlahla zemvelo, ngoba zibuyisele imvelo esimeni esifanelekile emagcekeni ezikole, zidala nethunzi uma abafundi bethatha ikhefu lasemini. Lezizihlahla ziphinde zinike othisha ithuba lokufundisa ngokubaluleka kwemvelo kubafundi, okuyinto ezoshintsha indlela ababheka ngayo nezemvelow. Othisha nhloko bezinye zezikole ezihlomulile kuloluhlelo bathi kuba lula ukufundisa izingane ngokubaluleka kokunakekela imvelo kanye nendima edlalwa izihlahla ezimpilweni zethu mawukhuluma ngento oyibonayo nawe, kanti iphinde isize nezingane ukuthi zazi ngezihlahla zezwelazo.

Izitshalo ezikwazi ukumelana ne somiso.

Njengoba sinesomiso kubalulekile ukhuti sitshale izihlahla ezingadingi amanzi amaningi ukuze zihlume.

Nalu uhlu lwezitshalo zemvelo ezikwaziyo ukumelana ne somiso:

• Inhlaba
• Iscococo
• Umadinsane
• Umsenge
• Utshwala bezinyoni
• Amathungulu
• Iskholokotho

Ezinye zezindlela ezilula zoku bona izitshalo zendabuko ezikwazi ukumelana ne somiso ukubheka amahlamvu aso leso sitshalo, uma zinamahlamvu amancane, noma aneziboya ezincane kuwona, noma lawomahlamvu ekwazi ukufingqeka ngesinye isikhathi, lesositshalo kungahle sikwazi ukuhluma noma kuyisomiso.

 

Government working for you

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) oversees KwaZulu-Natal’s socio-economic transformation.

The department is responsible for leading the policy and strategic initiatives that promote the growth and development of various sectors of the economy. The department works with its social partners, including the private sector, civil society, and public entities, to deliver transformation.

A number of public entities fall under EDTEA’s purview, including communications, business development, tourism and leisure, trade and manufacturing. In each edition of this insert we will focus on some of these entities, and show how they bring value to the lives of South Africans, every day.

 

KZN Sharks Board

 

KZN Sharks Board Plays
Host to Marine Week

The KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board (KZNSB) Maritime Centre of Excellence aims to educate all South Africans about the role that oceans play in our daily lives.

The KZN Sharks Board creates awareness of the marine and coastal environment, and promotes the sustainable use and conservation of these resources. The organisation’s National Marine Week helps to promote the sustainable use of our oceans.

Mr Harry Mbambo, Business Development Executive at KZNSB said, “At the KZN Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence, we view our oceans as a vast natural resource that holds the potential for many scientific and innovative discoveries that we know will have countless benefits. As a developing country, South Africa needs to utilise its marine resources sustainably.” It is for this reason that the South African government initiated Operation Phakisa, an Ocean Economy initiative. National Marine Week is an opportunity to educate the public on this important initiative.

Mr Mbambo went on to say, “Our theme this year is ‘Love my beach, keep it clean.’ According to the Endangered Wildlife Trust, threats faced by our oceans include over-exploitation and harvesting, dumping of industrial and domestic waste, invasions of alien species, coastal development and climate change. Oceans are not dumping grounds: eventually our waste will catch up with us... everyone has a role to play in reducing the scourge of marine waste.”

The dumping of plastic waste into the ocean is a major concern, and it is on the rise. Surveys carried out on South African beaches show that the density of all plastic debris has increased substantially, and that plastic constitutes over 80% of all debris collected.

During the month of October, KZN Sharks Board’s Maritime Centre of Excellence hosted 3 000 learners over three days in a move to educate the youth on the importance of preserving marine biodiversity, and to inspire the learners to consider getting into maritime-related professions.

All South Africans have a responsibility to keep our waters clean and safe.

 

Moses Kotane Institute

 

Yini IDZ?

I-Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) uhlelo olubhekelela ukulekelela amabhizinisi akhiqiza impahla ebhekelwe ukudayiswa kwamanye amazwe. Loluhlelo lwenzelwe ukuthi lukhuthaze imikhakha eyahlukahlukene ezokhanda amathuba emisebenzi kanye namakhono abantu baseNingizimu Afrika. Enye inhloso yaloluhlelo ukudonsa abatshali bezimali ukuthi beze bazokwakha amafemu namanye amabhizinisi azovula amathuba emisebenzi.