Tuesday, March 4, 2008

"'n Boer maak 'n plan": Farming and load shedding

"'n Boer maak 'n plan" is an Afrikaans saying literally translated as: A farmer will always make a plan. Being independently minded, this saying surely appeals to many farmers weathered by, and in many cases taught to be resilient, to change. 

This is exactly what some South African farmers are doing. For example, the Milk Producers Association are investing in the use of biogas digesters, using methane from manure as a power source.  

Crises breeds opportunity: Get rid of your waste, generate energy and sell some carbon credits as well.

Read the story at African Agriculture and earlier post Biogas well underway.  

To learn more on resilient farming see for example the work done by the Resilient Agricultural Systems Research Programme in Australia.

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