The development co-ordinators make every effort to involve the extension officers of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in the study group meetings.
Some of the topics that are discussed are: Soil acidity; food security; weed control; soil and climate; soil conservation and soil moisture conservation; calibration of sprayers; plant nutrient requirements; pest control; and several more
Trials are a wonderful way of showing farmers the right thing to do. The development co-ordinators in the various regions make contact with the input supply companies and involve them in the trials. Every effort is made to plant and manage the trials in a way that is both progressive and technologically advanced, while at the same time within the reach of the developing farmers.
Farmer's days and partnerships with other role-players:
It is crucial that the farmers should be exposed to a local network of support that will be available to them in the longer term. During farmer's days, all role-players and stakeholders in the industry are invited to participate - to give lectures on their areas of expertise and become acquainted with the farmers.
Developing Grain Farmer of the Year Competition:
Several categories exist in which developing farmers can participate. These are:
Subsistence category - Refers to farmers who are producing maize on less than ten hectares
Smallholder category - Refers to those grain farmers who are producing grain on more than ten hectares, but not yet reached the 250 ton mark
New Era Developing category - Refers to those farmers who are producing 250 tons or more
Support to advanced and black commercial farmers
Farmers develop at different rates and those who are making good progress need to be serviced on a one-on-one basis on their own farms. We assist them with the development of a tailor made business plan for their farm, as well as detailed support throughout the season.
To date, the following training courses have been developed:
Basic Maize Production
Introduction courses to Maize Production; Sunflower Production; Sorghum Production; Soybean Production; Wheat Production; and Barley Production
Advanced courses in Maize and Sunflower Production and Marketing
Introdudtion to Irrigation of Maize
Introduction to the Irrigation of Wheat
Workshop Skills Development Course: Workshop Tools
Technical Competence Course: Calibration of Planters and Sprayers
Basic Engine Repair
Maintenance: Tractors and Farm Implements
Maintenance on High Application Tractors
On-farm Maintenance and Support: Tractors and Implements
Maintenance Course on High Application Tractors
Resource Assessment and Farm Planning
Farm Management for Profits
Business Ethics and Farm Management
Tractor Drivers Course
Setting of Implement
For more information, contact Willie Kotze at firstname.lastname@example.org