In the Nkangala district of Mpumalanga yields are improving

In this case, Farmer B began farming in 2011 cultivating a mere 150 ha of maize. In 2012 he joined the training and development programme. Through a mixture of training, monitoring and mentorship the business has grown to 640 ha, which comprises 300 ha of white maize, 300 ha of soya beans and 40 ha of sugar beans.

Initial yields were 500kg per ha, but today yields are up at between 4 to 7 tons per ha of maize and soya and 1 to 2 tons per ha of sugar beans. The farmer improved his mechanisation with the purchase of a six-row planter and a harvester head for soya and maize, bought through access to the AFGRI hire purchase funding model to help grow his farming operations further.