Learn to har­vest and con­serve

Grocott's Mail - - WATER FOR LIFE -

The Rhodes Univer­sity En­vi­ron­men­tal Learn­ing Re­search Centre is of­fer­ing a free course in rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing and wa­ter con­ser­va­tion for peo­ple train­ing small-scale farm­ers and sub­sis­tence gar­den­ers.

While the course is free, at­ten­dance at all three con­tact ses­sions on 2-3 Novem­ber 2017 and 8-9 Fe­bru­ary and 3-4 May 2018 is re­quired. "In­creas­ing wa­ter scarcity in South Africa is prov­ing a ma­jor chal­lenge to small­holder farm­ers and house­hold food pro­duc­ers," said the course or­gan­is­ers.

"Rain­wa­ter Har­vest­ing and Con­ser­va­tion (RWH&C) prac­tices can con­trib­ute to meet- ing this chal­lenge.‶

The Amanzi for Food Train­ing of Train­ers ( ToT) course will fo­cus on 16 dif­fer­ent rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing and con­ser­va­tion prac­tices for small scale farm­ing and house­hold food pro­duc­tion de­vel­oped by the Wa­ter Re­search Com­mis­sion.

It will also fo­cus on grey wa­ter har­vest­ing, and on how the prac­tices can be used for sup­port­ing fresh­wa­ter aqua­cul­ture and bio­gas gen­er­a­tion.

Peo­ple in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing should email Nqabisa Booi at n.booi@ru.ac.za or call 046 603 8390.

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