Marketing of soil science technology and capacity to the industry
Mulidzi, A R
Technology created by research should reach the farmer as quickly as possible. The aim of this project is a marketing and technology transfer effort to the grapevine industry. Press releases and farmers/information days will be held with the specific aim of transferring information.
Contact was made with, and technical information transferred to, producers and technical personnel on various forums. Some of the activities were: two short courses with 36 lectures and 25 chapters in the handbooks; seven popular, five semi-scientific and two scientific articles; seven international and seven national papers at conferences and 35 talks to groups of farmers, technical personnel and other groups. The type of information transferred cannot be linked to one specific project but is more an integration of data from various projects as well as experience acquired by the researcher over many years. This type of integration is very important and the result should be conveyed to industry. When the project was initially proposed, it was decided to fund it for a period of five years. It was the first project of its kind funded by Winetech and the feeling was that a trial period for funding would be a good approach. Outputs from the project, especially during the last three years, showed that the project played at valuable role to convey information to various interested parties. It was, furthermore, a place where integration of technology took place. It is therefore proposed that the project be funded for a further five years.
Conradie, W J. 2001. Timing of nitrogen fertilisation and the effect of poultry manure on the performance of grapevines on sandy soil. Part I. Soil analysis, grape yield and vegetative growth, South African Journal of Enology and Viticulture, v. 22 (2) (p. 53-59)
Conradie, W J. 2001. Timing of nitrogen fertilisation and the effect of poultry manure on the performance of grapevines on sandy soil. Part II. Leaf analysis, juice analysis and wine quality, South African Journal of Enology and Viticulture, v. 22 (2) (p. 60-68)