Biological Focus

We at The Grape Company believe that each generation is the custodian of the land for a limited period of time only. “Care for the environment means care and concern for succeeding generations and that’s why we try to encourage all of our producers to get involved in biological farming.

What our producers do

  • Spray only the necessary chemicals
  • Generate their own compost
  • Make use of compost extract
  • Involved in the SIT fruit fly project
  • Breed earthworms
  • Mulching
  • Bio-diesel

Spray programs

  • We have very strict regulations with regards to residue limits that we have to meet to be able to export table grapes.
  • TGC Growers abide by strict programs developed by highly competent agro chemical companies. These comprehensive programs incorporate the most effective active ingredients with the least harm to the environment. They also target specific pests, while still protecting die biological predators of the pests.

Compost

  • We have plenty of growers that generate their own compost because of the numerous advantages associated with compost. 

           Advantages

  • Improves soil structure
  • Reduce fertilizer requirements
  • Improve water infiltration
  • Reduce soil compaction
  • Improve root growth
  • Increase microbial and earthworm population in soil
  • Protect plant from disease
  • Improve nutrient-holding capacity

Compost Extract

  • Some of the growers make use of compost extract that enhances the microbial life in the soil and help with new root growth on the plants.
  • The new root system makes fertilizer uptake much more effective and in some cases fertilizer application was cut by 60% and in the process leaching of nitrogen came down by a considerable margin.

S.I.T project

  • For many years insect control methods were based primarily on insecticides. However insecticides pollute the environment and can leave unwanted residues on agricultural produce if used outside the strict application prescriptions.
  • That is where the sterile insect technology program comes in. Sterile male insects are released into the environment to breed with the female insects and in the process no eggs are laid and thus there will be a big decrease in the insect population without the use of pesticides.

Earthworms

  • Some of our producers also breeds earthworms
  • Earthworms benefit your plants in many ways: They convert organic material into nutrients that plants can absorb; they loosen the soil, which makes it easier for the roots to grow and the air and water to circulate in the soil; they increase the soil\'s water retention capability; they bring the mineral and other nutrients that are located deep in the soil to the top layer, where they can be absorbed by the plants.

Mulching

  • Improved water infiltration
  • Better water conservation
  • Improving soil structure
  • Relieving compaction
  • Building higher carbon levels

Biodiesel

  • A couple of our producers are currently experimenting with bio-diesel on small scale to see how it performs under their farming conditions.
  • The diesel is made from recycled cooking oil and in the process they will help to get rid of the used oil and it doesn’t put any pressure on food resources.
  • Bio-diesel has numerous advantages which mainly includes lower greenhouse emissions.

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