Tongaat Hullet sponsors training for upcoming farmers

2018-05-23 06:00
PHOTO: SUPPLIEDSome of the upcoming farmers who benefitted from the Tongaat Hullet sponsorship.

PHOTO: SUPPLIEDSome of the upcoming farmers who benefitted from the Tongaat Hullet sponsorship.

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THE lives of 30 co-operatives changed for the better when a joint partnership between agricultural and agri-processing company, Tongaat Hulett and the South African Research Institute (SASRI) granted them a fully paid three-week training course in sugarcane planting.

The co-operative members were sponsored tuition fees, accommodation and meals by Tongaat Hulett worth over R250 000.

Successful co-operatives who have passed will receive a Junior Certificate in Sugarcane Agriculture from SASRI.

Nkonzo Mhlongo, Tongaat Hulett socio-economic development manager, said that the company regards the sustainability of the co-operatives as very important.

The support of the 30 co-operative members will ensure that the sugarcane projects have individuals with sound understanding of sugarcane agriculture.

“The initiative seeks individuals who have exposure to sugarcane agriculture and have a desire to pursue a career in the agricultural sector,” Mhlongo said.

The training course offer members of various co-operatives the opportunity to gain valuable industry experience on the type of soils and fertilisers needed for the different methods of planting, knowledge on harvesting and irrigation and or any other environmental management aspect of operating a farm or a piece of land.

Silindile Bethwana, a worker at Simamisa Trading, said that the course was a fulfilling experience and that she has gained experience in sugarcane harvesting and the use of various fertilisers.

“With the knowledge gained from this course, I will ensure that all rules and regulations for sugarcane husbandry are followed. I am thankful to Tongaat Hulett for having given me the opportunity to be a part of this sponsored course which will lead to a successful farming career,” Bethwana said.

Sibusiso Mfekayi said that he grabbed the opportunity with open arms when selected by Tongaat Hulett to be a part of a once-in-a-lifetime sponsored training course. “The highlight of the course was learning about preparation for the harvesting process and the readiness of the soil. I am grateful to Tongaat Hulett for this opportunity.”

Peacemaker Cele said that he applied for the training course in sugarcane agriculture as he wanted to diversify his skills to work at a sugarcane farm. “The course has given me great exposure to sugarcane farming and I am confident that pursuing this career path will yield great results. I would like to thank Tongaat Hulett for the sponsorship,” Cele said.

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