TABLE GRAPE MODULAR COURSE
The Modular Course in Table Grape Production is presented by SATI, ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij and Elsenburg. The target group of the course are persons who are already working in the table or raisin grape industry (supervisors, foremen and production managers), as well as experienced farm workers who have the potential to progress to these positions in future. These persons already have practical experience of table or raisin grape production, but have no formal academic qualification in viticulture.
The aim of this course is primarily to teach the target groups the “why’s” behind production practices. The modular course makes agricultural training accessible for persons from previously disadvantaged communities, as well as persons who cannot attend full time agricultural training programmes, due to financial and/or practical reasons. The course is presented in 13 modules (15 days in total).
The presenters are experts from the ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij, SATI, Stellenbosch University and S.A. Dried Fruit. Topics that are covered include: viticultural aspects of table and raisin grape production, harvesting and post-harvest handling of table grapes, overview of the raisin grape industry as well as harvesting and post-harvest handling of raisin grapes (Orange River course). Supporting modules focus on: soil and nutrition, diseases and pests, vineyard cultivation, as well as irrigation.
SATI allocates funds for subsidising the course fee, subjected to certain requirements.