THE NO-TILL CLUB OF KWA-ZULU NATAL
IN SOUTH AFRICA
ACTIVELY PROMOTES AND FACILITATES
“THE NO-TILL SYSTEM — KEY TO UNLOCKING SUCCESS”
IN THE QUEST OF CONSERVING AND MANAGING FINITE RESOURCE OF
SOIL AND WATER
THE NO-TILL SYSTEM
ESSENTIAL TO— CONSERVATION AND REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE
Ushering in greater agricultural sustainability and stabilising food security !
ALL THE BASIC STEPS ARE
BASED ON SOUND HEALTHY REGENERATIVE SOIL PRINCIPALS
FRIENDLY TO BOTH – ATMOSPHERE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
The No-till System in action is THE KEY TO
Conservation of resources, essential for Regenerative Agriculture to evolve and helping to negate the effects of climate change while being environmentally friendly!
A goal achievable by all who commit to following the principles of
The No-till System
What Is No-till?
The essentials of a No-Till system are that a narrow slot is made through the organic/mulch layer into the soil, the seed and fertilizer is placed into the slot, then covered with soils and compacted sufficiently to ensure adequate contact between seed and soil. Soil disturbance is reduced to a minimum.
There is a very close relationship between the effects of No-Till, organic matter and soils structure – they are inextricably interlinked. No-Till or Conservation Tillage works in conjunction with leaving a mulch of either crop residue or a cover crop on top of the surface of the soil. A mulch acts as a shock absorber to heavy drops of rain, reduces the effect of high velocity winds and regulates the temperature of the top soil.
No-Till is part of Conservation Agriculture that is geared to making farming sustainable. There are so many benefits to using No-till conservation agriculture including improved moisture retention of the soil because of the improvement in the soil structure.
No-till farming decreases the amount of soil erosion tillage causes, especially in sandy and dry soils on sloping terrain. Other benefits include an increase in the amount of water that infiltrates into the soil, an increase in organic matter and nutrients.
If we continue to degrade the soil at the rate we are now, the world could run out of topsoil in about 60 years, according to Maria-Helena Semedo of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization.
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