On Monday 08 March 2010, the TATIB Foundations' Steering Committee, and other interested parties, met with Professor Mohammad Karaan, Dean Faculty of Agri Sciences, University of Stellenbosch.
A "2 -a-side" sub-committee has now been formed so that TATIB can enter into further discussions with the University, effectively making TATIB the "change agent" within the University system. We are waiting for the University to schedule a time and date for the next meeting.
TATIB has called for the University of Stellenbosch to convert all its vineyards/orchards/farms to an organic, environmentally friendly & sustainable system, so that spray drift of potentially toxic pesticides into the adjacent residential areas is avoided.
The concept of a "Chair in Organic Agriculture" has been raised by one of TATIB's members and we feel that this should be acceptable to the University as Stellenbosch probably has the fastest growing body of research into agro-ecological systems and alternatives in South Africa. Its now just a matter of finding funding for this "chair".
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