SASRI has been a long-standing proponent of sustainable sugarcane cultivation, supported by decades of research. Recommendations resulting from laboratory, glasshouse and field trials over the years have considered not only the economic advantages of a practice, but also how socially and environmentally responsible these practices are.
A locally-relevant and globally recognised continuous improvement system called SUSFARMS® was developed over the years with input from a number of stakeholders.
SUSFARMS® is a practical tool that guides implementation of better management practices (BMPs). It is a comprehensive collection of legislative requirements as well as BMPs that can (amongst others) ensure worker health and safety, facilitate more profitable production and promote environmental stewardship.
The accompanying Progress Tracker is a self-assessment tool that can be used to determine performance against a set of measures and offers advice on how to improve the situation. In the KZN Midlands region, SUSFARMS® is being used to demonstrate to our major consumers our commitment to sustainable sugar production.
Download Progress Tracker and associated Notes (Windows)
This is a compressed ZIP file. After unzipping, copy the uncompressed SUSFARMS folder to any location on your PC. The SUSFARMS folder contains the Progress Tracker Excel Spreadsheet and a NOTES sub-folder with several PDFs.
Download Progress Tracker and associated Notes (Mac)
This is a compressed ZIP file. After unzipping, copy the uncompressed SUSFARMS folder to any location on your device. The SUSFARMS folder contains the Progress Tracker Excel Spreadsheet and a NOTES sub-folder with several PDFs.
Important Note for MAC users:
The SUSFARMS Progress Tracker was designed using the Windows operating system and works best on Windows.
However, we have a work-around for Mac users. While the Tracker will work, there are two issues MAC users need to be aware of:
Form Reset: The CLEAR ALL button will not work. This is not a major issue.
Copy and Paste: The original version prevents users from copying answers from one cell and pasting it into another to protect the integrity of the calculations attached to each cell.
Users of this modified Mac version must make sure that they answer each question without copying and pasting answers, as the system does not block this automatically.
Download SUSFARMS® Manual
You should only download this file if you wish to have all PDFs from the NOTES folder above as a combined single PDF file.
For more information on how to use SUSFARMS® please contact your Extension Specialist or use the contact details below.