Mine helps to train farmers

2018-03-21 06:00

Besides feeding the nation and contributing to food security, the agriculture industry also contri­butes towards building a strong economy by creating a substantial amount of job opportunities in South Africa.

By investing in the upliftment of young farmers, Kumba Iron Ore knows these farmers can be sustainable and move beyond subsistence farming (which provides for only their families’ needs) and grow into commercial farmers.

Kolomela Mine recently launched the 2018 Youth Farmers programme and mentoring to help local farm­ers acquire the necessary skills to take them to the next level.

After an interviewing process, 15 Tsantsabane youth farmers (four of whom are female) were invited to attend training at the end of 2017.

Candidates, all small-scale farmers, came from Postmasburg, Skeifontein and Groenwater.

They learnt about livestock and farm management, camp restructuring and grassing rotation.

All left the training session eager to implement the knowledge they had acquired and to develop their farms into commercial enterprises.

One of the farmers said the training made him rethink restructuring camps and helped him to realise what effect it had on livestock.

He enjoyed learning more about managing his livestock, especially when it comes to feeding and inoculation.

The farmer training was offered by Bolimi Bokamoso and is accredited by AgriSeta, with possible future partnership with the Department of Agriculture.

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