The barriers to entry to tree-farming are high, and unaffordable for many. That’s where our tree grower enterprise development initiative, Sappi Khulisa, which evolved from Project Grow a few years ago, comes in. Whereas Project Grow focused solely on the growers, Sappi Khulisa focuses on the whole value chain including growers and the contractors who service them.
Currently, the programme involves over 4,000 growers and approximately 137 small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) who are involved in silviculture, harvesting, loading, short- and long-haul activities.
Sappi Khulisa focuses on the whole value chain including growers and the contractors who service them.
Our aim is to help tree growers to expand their farming activities to earn additional income.
“As they say, knowledge is power, and now for the first time the Khulisa grower has quick and direct access to up to date information pertaining to their plantation via the Grower App. The App has the potential to radically improve the efficiencies for Sappi’s suppliers. All documents can now be submitted via the Grower App, which has particular advantages during these COVID-19 times as growers no longer need to travel in full taxis to make unnecessary visits to the Sappi offices.”
- Dutliff Smith, Development Manager: Sappi Khulisa