Our focal competencies
We specialise in the description and assessment of the suitability of the natural agricultural resources – soil, climate, water and vegetation – to sustain farming activities. We therefore can assist any project that relies on, or interacts with the agricultural potential of the land. Such projects include:
• Climate assessments to identify the suitable areas to grow a specific crop
• Soil surveys and mapping to compile soil potential/suitability maps
• Agricultural impact assessments to identify potential impacts of non-agricultural activities (eg urban development, mining, wind farms, etc.) on agriculture
• Farm planning and design based on the optimal crop-resource combinations

To support our core functions we also have the capacity to deliver the following related services:
• Farm mapping and GPS surveys
• Supply and interpretation of satellite/aerial imagery (infra-red)
• Crop/cultivar/rootstock recommendations
• Agricultural practice recommendations
• Soil fertility and plant nutrition recommendations
• Best practice guidelines
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Agri Informatics is a consultancy firm in natural agricultural resources. The firm was founded in 2001. We supply land use, land capability and farm optimisation solutions, through surveys, desktop studies, GIS analysis and consultancy services. We have our base in Cape Town (Durbanville) but operate throughout South and Southern Africa.

The firm functions as a core team under leadership of the founder, Francois Knight and an expanded team of experienced accociates with whom we have strong and long standing working agreements. This way we are highly efficient and flexible to take on any project irrespective of size.
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ABOUT US
Our Clients
• GOVERNMENT CLIENTS
    o Department of Agriculture
    o Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning
    o Blaauwberg Municipality
    o City of Cape Town
    o Central Karoo District Municipality
• INDUSTRY ORGANISATIONS
    o Winetech
    o Northern Cape Wine Producers
• ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTITIONERS AND TOWN PLANNERS
    o Conservation International
    o CapeNature
    o Doug Jefferey Environmental Practitioners
    o CEBO Planning
    o CAPE-EPRAC
    o Ninham-Shand
    o The Environmental Partnership
    o Setplan
    o Urban Dynamics
• RETAILERS
    o Woolworths, Pick-‘n-Pay, Freshmark
• PRODUCERS
    o Leading Wine Estates and Co-ops, including KWV, Vergelegen, Graham Beck Wines, Fairview, Spier, Tokara,
        Thelema, Kanonkop, Klein Constantia, Constantia Uitsig, Rustenberg, Paul Cluver, Bouchard-
        Finlayson, De Wetshof, Zandvliet, etc.
    o Other leading producers, eg. Du Toit Group, Thokosa Roses, Melsetter Trust, Oak Valley
    o Small farmer groups, eg. Mamre farming community, Suurbraak farmers, Vierfontein Farm worker’s
        Trust
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B-BBEE Status
Agri Informatics is currently registered as an Exempt Micro Enterprise, which qualifies as a level 4 contributor to B-BBEE.
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Affiliations
The members and associates of Agri Informatics are affiliated at various societies and professional bodies, including:
• The Soil Science Society of South Africa
• South African Soil Surveyors Organisation
• South African Society for Enology & Viticulture
• Crop Science Society of South Africa
• South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions

Agri Informatics is also a duly registered vendor for the data products of the Chief Directorate: National Geo-Spatial Information.
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Core Values
In all projects, our approuch has a strong emphasis on sustainability, environmental and social responsibility, practicality and profitability, whilst the needs and requirements of our clients are highly respected.
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THE TEAM
Francois Knight
M.Sc.Agric. (Soil Science)
Francois is the founder and principal consultant of Agri Informatics for the past 10 years. He holds a Masters degree in Soil Physics and has 23 years experience in natural resources and GIS.
B.Tech.Cartography
Ryk has been with Agri Informatics since the beginning, but prior to that he was leading the GIS laboratory at Elsenburg. He specialises in cadastral mapping and the integration of GPS and GIS technologies.
Spine van Niekerk
M.Sc.Agric. (Soil Science)
Spine, formerly a colleague of Francois and Ryk at the Department of Agriculture (Elsenburg) is a seasoned pedologist (specialist in soil classification, mapping and evaluation). He conducted numerous soil surveys throughout Africa.
Dawie le Roux
B.Sc.Agric. (Viticulture)
Dawie is a qualified viticulturist, with many years of service in the wine and table grape industries of South Africa. Dawie also is the lead viticulturist at Cape Vines an affiliate of Agri Informatics.
Kevin Snyman
M.Sc.Agric. M.BA.
Kevin is our tree crop specialist. He has first hand experience in growing nuts, olives, pomegranates, figs and wine grapes, through his farming venture: Dabar Wines at Napier.
Bennie Diedericks
B.Sc.Agric. (Soil Science)
Bennie, an associate of Agri Informatics, is head of Resalt. His experience and focus is soil fertility and plant nutrition with emphasys on a holistic approach towards sustainability that includes unlocking alternative energy sources.
Charus du Plessis
M.Sc.Agric. (Agronomy)
Charus, also an associate, specialises in advanced farming systems where the focus is on fertilisation for high sustainable yields of high quality, embracing a biological approach and advanced technologies.
Ryk Taljaard
Together we offer almost 200 years of experience in agriculture in Southern Africa!
info@agriinformatics.co.za
Fax: 0866 211 333
Mobile: 082 658 7776
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