A climate-smart approach will assist all farmers in addressing challenges associated with climate change. To assist farmers, PGP is:
Teaching appropriate adaptation that enhances the resilience of farmers, crops and production systems.
Mitigating problems by using modern technology and keeping a finger on the pulse of advanced practices that are appropriate to the developing farmer.
Championing the importance of national and household food security.
In seeking to facilitate successful transformation and sustainable development in the grain farming sector, the PGP team paid 122 on-farm visits to individual more advanced farmers participating in different projects during July and August.
Planning for the new season
Out study groups are distributed throughout the country in key grain-growing areas, and during July and August contact was made with 54 study groups. The team monitored harvest progress and focussed on the correct and safe storage of grain as well as the marketing of the crop.
New season plans and budgeting were also set in motion. Farmers are encouraged to settle their bills when the income is realised to focus on building good financial records – read the article on page 4. Teaching financial management and good business ethics are as important as communicating knowledge about successful production practices.