Co-harvesting of Cobs

08 November 2012
Published in News
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A big pile of cobs: Long-term farming sustainability

"The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region recorded a drop of about 7 percent in cereal production from 33.81 million tonnes in 2011 to 31.47 million tonnes in 2012." more ..

Despite increased prices and production, the South African crop estimate for 2011/2012 noted that ..

.. subsistence farmers planted about 442,114 hectares of corn, marginally less than the previous season, and produced 638,463 tons of corn.

This means a 1.45 t/ha yield, which is not sustainable (and may explain the decline of the production?). We suggest that small-scale farming (at yields below 3 t/ha) will benefit from the co-harvesting and beneficiation of maizecobs. GreenEnergyParkTM will make the difference. Not only for South Africa, but for the rest of the continent!

Small scale (low yield) farming: The increase contribution may just be that extra margin needed for long-term profitability!

Large (irrigated) farmlands: At an average of 4.29 t/ha, the extra margin from the maizecob supply will assist the dry land farmers or offsets the ever-increasing electricity costs to run the irrigation pumps (with electricity from the GreenEnergyParkTM!).

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