The Intensive Growers Assocation
The Intensive Growers Association (IGA) exists to promote, support and facilitate the exchange of knowledge and information relating to all forms of intensive, protected and ornamental agriculture, to the benefit of all producers, suppliers, markets and other role-players in the value chain.
IGA organises bi-annual symposia in March and July, as well as workshops and nursery / farm visits. We have our roots in Kwazulu Natal, and expanding to other provinces in South Africa. There is no formal membership to the association at present, and the association is run by a committee on a voluntary basis.
Furthermore, IGA is involved in student development, in the form of student awards and representing on Durban University of Technology’s advisory board of the Department of Horticulture in the Faculty of Applied Science. IGA also collaborates with Cedara College of Agriculture and symposia is hosted at their premises regularly.
IGA was founded early 1980 as the “Tunnel Growers Assocation”, which became the “Vegetable Growers Association” in the 1990’s and later changed to “East Coast Intensive Horticulture” to include flower and fruit growers. It finally became the Intensive Growers Association in 2013 to include other forms of intensive growing such as aquaponics and organic farming.
The Kwazulu Natal Flower Growers Association (KZNFGA) amalgamated with the IGA in 2012, and the same terms of reference are used in our constitution today. The Organic Fertiliser Society of South Africa (OFSSA) was also formally incorporated into the IGA in 2017.
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