The first Zambian Irritech Open Days were held on the 15th & 16th June 2018 at the Irritech premises in Chilanga. The days were focused on connecting with current clients as well as meeting new prospective ones. Our suppliers were invited to showcase their product as well as meet with all types of farmers from small scale to commercial.

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The crops under our demo pivot and in our drip plot which have been managed by Starke Ayres have been growing beautifully and were on display for all to see.

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It was a very successful two days where our Irri-team got to reconnect with each other after being out in the field preparing for the wheat season.

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We would like to say thank you to everyone that attended our open day and everyone that contributed to its success. We look forward to seeing you in our sales office or in the field.

Congratulations to Stacey Lawrence for winning this month's photo competition!

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Greenpop Project Stories: Autumn 2018

1. 8300 trees planted in the Platbos Forest

In March, our environmental CSI partner Greenpop, in partnership with the Platbos Conservation Trust, planted 8300 more trees to restore and expand the Platbos Forest in the Cape Overberg. This brings the total number of trees planted in this reforestation project over the last 7 years up to 50645! We are so pleased to be contributing to the expansion of this important ecosystem which is home to many endangered species including the Cape Leopard.

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Platbos Reforestation Infographic 2018

Learn more: Platbos Reforestation Project

2. Greenpop kicks off their Fynbos for the Future project

Cape Town is the home to one of the most diverse but also the most endangered ecosystems in the world - the Cape Floral Kingdom. Our environmental CSI partner, Greenpop, has recently adjusted their urban greening programme to help conserve this precious ecosystem.

Their new Fynbos for the Future programme consists of three, complementary interventions. At each of their beneficiary schools, they will be installing rain/greywater systems, planting modular fynbos gardens to serve as outdoor classrooms, and running workshops on key themes including water, the magic of fynbos, biodiversity, and active citizenry which are planned around the CAPS curriculum.

Presently, they have begun workshops at our three pilot schools: Levana Primary in Lavender Hill, Strandfontein Primary in Mitchell’s Plain, and Mountain Road Primary in Woodstock. They will be rolling out the rest of the programme at these sites and many more in June.

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You can get involved by bringing your team from work on a Community Give Back Day, get your hands dirty at a deserving school, and help preserve our natural heritage!

Learn more: Come Planting!

3. Regreening the Featherbed Nature Reserve

Our environmental CSI partner, Greenpop, is heading to the Garden Route this June to run the Eden Festival of Action. During the festival’s 21 days of action, they will be regreening Featherbed Nature Reserve on the iconic Knysna Western Head, which was badly damaged in the 2017 fires. We are proud to be supporting this important work.

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You can contribute to this project here: Given Gain - Eden Regeneration

At the end of this month, we will be saying good bye to Caitlin Koch. She is in her 10th year of service, and has been commuting for 6 of these years from Wartburg where her and her husband farm. Caitlin started at Irritech doing export invoices in a part time capacity and neither her or Franek have ever looked back. She ingrained herself in the exports and helped launch and grow the Corporate Sales and Turnkey projects at Irritech. Caitlin has decided to follow her passion for international trade and is setting up a business specialising in procurement and logistics, catering for spares for Agricultural entities all over Africa.
Caitlin will stay on in a consulting capacity for the rest of the year for Irritech. We thank her for her commitment and dedication over the past 10 years and wish her all the best in this new venture.


In normal Caitlin fashion, she likes to have the last word – she had this to add:

‘It has been the greatest privilege of my life to work beside my father and the incredible team he has built up at Irritech. I am looking forward to testing my own boundaries now but will forever remain part of the #irriteam.’

The FQM 1Zambia mountain bike race is a regular event on the MTB calendar for the year. A three day stage race set through the beautiful scenic terrains finishing off at the mighty Zambezi River.

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A tough 250km race set over three days in the bush cannot be compared to anything else. Zambian Irritech love getting involved in this event from setting up our showers at the camp site, to manning water points on route, to our Irritech team taking on the challenge of what the bush has to offer.

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We had a great time being able to be part of this event again this year and loved every moment of it. Well done to our Irri-team for participating as well as all the riders that took on the challenge. We look forward to seeing you again next year!