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December 2022

September was a busy month for the team and included visits to farmers, two study group meetings at Breyten and Salubindza; six farm visits; 15 school visits and seven training courses.

The Louwsburg team, under the leadership of Jurie Mentz, met with 16 farmers at Breyten, Mpumalanga. Discussions were focussed on the challenges faced in the past extreme wet season, with crops that were slow in drying off. The focus was on planning for the new season. Shadrack Mabuza from Bayer was also there to give advice to the farmers.

Agnes Mndawa, a trainer of the programme, presented a course named ‘Introduction to dry-bean production’ to smallholder farmers in Limpopo. The course was made possible by the Oil and Protein Development Trust (OPDT). Here attendees are shown how to take a soil profile.

Trainer Attie Louw presented the same course to a group of Free State farmers at Harrismith. It was also made possible by the OPDT. Farmers who attended the course learn how to do soil sampling.

The DVD Food, Fibre, Life – Economics: What’s in it for me? was shown to 297 Grade 12 pupils and 180 Grade 9 pupils at Khula Secondary School in Komatipoort. The pupils learned more about the importance of agriculture in their daily lives. It also showed them the different careers they could choose in agriculture.

We were there

The highlight of the Farmer Development Programme, the Day of Celebration, was held in September. Here are some of the hard-working farmers who participated in the festivities.

Publication: December 2022

Section: Pula/Imvula