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31 July, 2014

NCT Acknowledges Tree Farmers

 Neville Schefermann & Alfred Khoza – NCT’s 2014 Tree Farmers of the year

Neville Schefermann & Alfred Khoza - NCT's 2014 Tree Farmers of the year

NCT FORESTRY (NCT) announced its tree farmers of the year awards at its AGM recently.

Alford Farms and Alfred Khoza received this year's coveted awards in tree farming. The winners were recognised for their excellence in sustainable plantation management and earned them a place on the exclusive list of achievers in tree farming.

In the commercial category, Alford Farms, owned by the Schefermann family, located near Vryheid in northern KwaZulu-Natal took top honours, while Alfred Khoza (Senzakahle Trading Enterprise) outside Mtubatuba in northern Zululand was awarded the winner in the category of a farm managed communal land.

The father and son team of Trevor and Neville Schefermann from Vryheid have increased productivity on their farm through correct site species matching, exceptional silviculture practices, good labour relations and effective diversification of markets and pooling resources with neighbours. Their plantation management is compliant with all aspects of sustainable plantation management including health and safety and minimizing impacts on the environment.

The Schefermann operation is an example of an enterprise where a family has been able to work together to run a sustainable business, building on the legacy left by forefathers.  Neville is a fourth generation timber farmer.  These aspects make them worthy recipients of the NCT tree farmer of the year award in the category of farm managed on private land.

Alfred Khoza was acknowledged the winner in the category of farm managed on communal land.  He hails from KwaMnqobokazi outside Mtubatuba in northern Zululand.  This is also a family run business with wife, Lindiwe managing operations. 

The operation was judged on general farm management and adherence to forestry standards in silviculture, harvesting, road construction and maintenance, environmental management and social responsibility. 

Alfred joined NCT in 1994 and has reaped the benefits of his membership.  He compliments the co-operative for its services rendered to members, its effort to nurture and share vital forestry information to enable his business (and trees) to grow.  Project regeneration, member workshops, logistics planning and markets have all contributed to the success of his enterprise.

Alfred is a fine example of pure determination and true grit and is worthy of being awarded this accolade.

The NCT tree farmer of the year was initiated in 2002 and is awarded annually to tree farming operations that display excellence in sustainable plantation management.

NCT Forestry Co-operative Limited
Anita Nicholson
Tel:  033-8978507
Fax:  033-8978501