Survey of area for new buildings or present buildings that can be utilised. Planning and design of economically viable animal housing and handling facilities for sheep, cattle, beef, dairy herds, chickens and pigs. Detailed costing of these facilities can be provided on request.
The design of manure handling facilities, such as retention dams to prevent pollution of rivers and streams, are also catered for.
We also do the design of affordable animal housing and handling facilities for small farmers.
The irrigation section provides advice and guidance to assist irrigators to use water more efficiently. These include the checking of irrigation system design and infield testing of irrigation systems to ascertain performance compliance. The running of programmes to promote the effective use of water is a main priority of this section.
Evaluation of available water resources for small farmer schemes and the design of irrigation systems for these farmers are also undertaken. These include water infrastructure planning, design and construction supervision.
Mechanisation planning services are provided to farmers to ensure the optimal use of agricultural implements. The promotion of Conservation Farming in the Western Cape (minimum tillage, management of crop residues to maintain soil moisture and the implementation of a crop rotation scheme) is the main priority of this section.
We also provide advice and guidance on the conversion of existing implements to be used in conservation farming.
The focus of this section is value adding of agricultural products on the farm through processes like drying, cooling, canning and packaging to increase profitability and competitiveness.
The planning and design of advanced engineering structures, such as gabions, groynes, waterways and culverts, for soil conservation structures, including structures to prevent erosion of river banks.