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Safj 2022 12 Soil Foundation Agriculture
December 2022 / January 2023

SOIL The foundation of agriculture

SA Fruit Journal: December 2022 / January 2023

Soil. Ground. Dirt. We all interact with it daily – walking through a garden, planting new saplings in an orchard, or harvesting vegetables for dinner. By Alistair Galloway (SIZA Environmental Specialist).

Soil is a living medium that forms part of the foundation on which global agriculture has been built over millennia. If managed well, healthy soil can contribute meaningfully to maximizing crop productivity and minimizing resource use.

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