System helps new farmers

2018-11-07 06:01
The barley land in the Taung area.Photo: Refilwe Sekwati

The barley land in the Taung area.Photo: Refilwe Sekwati

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Paulinah Radebe, an emerging female farmer from the Taung area, found herself part of the farming industry after she decided to relocate back home from the urban area.

The former nurse took the opportunity to be an entrepreneur and fulfil her dream of being a farmer.

Radebe has been farming since 2016 with the help of SAB and FarmSol, which liaises between SAB and the farmers.

FarmSol is responsible for drawing up budgets, paying contractors and at the end of the season paying out the farmer’s profit.

Radebe is part of 110 farmers who share a centre pivot of 40 hectares.

SAB provided the farmers with a full-time agronomist of FarmSol, Johannes Kokome, who also has a mentoring responsibility.

In August the SAB saw the need to install a new irrigation system.

The area still uses an automated irrigation system which results in farmers still moving pipes by hand.

The upgrade cost the company R1,8 million and the farmers believe that it has helped with the quality of their barley.

The irrigation system uses no electricity, and is cost effective.

Radebe said a typical day’s work of an irrigation farmer will include opening the taps, and changing pipes and their direction on a four-hourly basis.

This process rotates between her and her three other workers, which would then continue up until harvesting time.

Some of the challenges she faces is to prevent animals from coming into the crops.

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