Forging the Future of Sustainable Farming
Why Sustainable Farming?
Sustainable farming reduces costs
A sustainable farm is just that – self-sustaining – reducing the need for additional inputs that come with additional costs.
Improving soil health through biodiversity
Seasonal rotation, adaptive grazing and other sustainable farming methods enrich the soil and promote healthier crops.
Better yields; more profit
A healthy soil requires fewer inorganic inputs and less labour – while producing higher yields and better quality crops.
Why Choose Zylem?
Advising agriculture since 1981
Zylem founder, owner and manager, Justin Platt, has close to 40 years’ experience in the agricultural services industry.
Direct access to our expertise
You can expect personal consultation and advice from one of South Africa’s most sought-after soil health consultants.
Leading the way in SA
Backed by international best-practice, we are leading the sustainable agriculture movement in South Africa with our cost-effective, home-grown products.
Choose South Africa’s Leading Sustainable Farming Company
Sustainable farming is all about returning good health to the soil. Soil is one of Earth’s vital life-giving elements, so having a healthy soil naturally leads to a healthier (and more sustainable) ecosystem overall. Yet soil is fragile and finite, which means that it requires special care in order to operate as nature intended it.
When a soil’s biological, chemical, and physical conditions are at an optimal level:
- Roots are able to proliferate easily
- Enough water can enter and be stored in the soil
- Plants have a sufficient nutrient supply
- There are no harmful chemicals in the soil
- Beneficial organisms are active and able to keep disease in check
All of which enable high crop yields.
A healthy soil is a soil in which all the various properties are working holistically in balance with the environment – in a word, sustainable.
Soil is fundamental to the production of crops. Without soil, we wouldn’t be able to produce food on a large scale or feedback livestock. Plants depend on the soil in which they live to provide nutrients, water, microbes and stability.
Thus, a healthier soil promotes healthier plant life. When a soil is chemically, biologically and physically balanced, it’s able to sustain and promote healthy plant growth while preventing disease and offering natural pest control.
Improving soil fertility, increasing the activity and diversity of beneficial soil microbes and improving soil moisture retention will have a tangible benefit on plant health and crop yields.
A healthier soil leads to a healthier humanity. Sustainable agriculture enabled by better soil health supports the delivery of nutrient-dense, toxin-free food to tables around South Africa and around the world.
Since sustainable farming limits the use of inorganic resources in production, sustainably-farmed foods generally contain fewer synthetic pesticides than conventionally-grown produce. This means that human health can benefit from people eating chemical-free, nutrient-dense food that has come from healthy soils.
Sustainable farming methods are also beneficial to those involved directly in the food production process. When a soil is healthy and being farmed sustainably, farmworkers are exposed to fewer pesticides and benefit from better health as a result. In addition, families of farmworkers and local communities who may have been at risk of harmful exposure from pesticide drift and water contamination also benefit from less exposure to toxic pesticides when agriculture is done sustainably.
Improve Soil, Plant and Human Health Today!
Zylem Soil Health Products
We are continually inspired and motivated by our partners, growers, consultants and other players in the agricultural industry, to source or produce innovative products that will assist our farmers in becoming more profitable and effective in their sustainable farming endeavours.
Over the years, we have formulated, registered and produced our own range of biological foliar feeds and soil conditioners, specifically designed for South African crops, soils and conditions. All these products are based on sustainable farming principles and practices, and many have been formulated in response to particular problems experienced by farmers throughout the country.
We have also been the official partner and Southern African representative of Nutri-Tech Solutions, Australia for many years. NTS is one of Australia’s leading exponents of sustainable agriculture and produces an extensive range of products designed to improve soil, plant and human health.