In Metsweding, Gauteng, Farmer A is flourishing

In the 2013/2014 season Harvest Time met this farmer in Metsweding for the first time. Only 68 ha had been planted using a planter which was incorrectly calibrated creating large, inefficient gaps amongst the maize plants. This led to an infestation of weeds. The AFGRI training and development programme, which Farmer A embarked upon included farmer study groups, in-class training, basic computer training, and on-farm assistance by agronomists, coupled with mentorship, which also ensured that confidence in his skills and ability, was engrained. Finance provided through AFGRI Harvest Time ensured that he could purchase an additional 22 ha of land, bringing the total to 100 ha. Weed management is also under control, with an excellent crop on the land. Full repayment of the production loan has been made, and the next step is to plant 120 ha. This is made possible through the confidence to lease additional land as well as having a true partner where farming matters can be discussed and the best course of action implemented.