AFGRI Ghana establishes 10 model farms to boost mechanisation

Ghanaian mechanised agricultural equipment supplier AFGRI Ghana Limited says it has established 10 model farms to teach local farmers the correct ways of using mechanised equipment to maximise on crop yields per hectare.

The company, which is a leading supplier of John Deere farm equipment in Ghana, also plans to export its wide range of products to other countries in West Africa and beyond.

Addressing a recent fishing and farming awards ceremony in the capital Accra, AFGRI Ghana Country Manager Gerrie Jordaan said they will provide capacity building to enable farmers to plan their mechanisation needs, as well as how to find, operate and service essential farm equipment such as tractors.

“The lifetime for most tractors here in Ghana is about 5 years, but the lifespan of a tractor elsewhere could range from anything between 15 and 20 years. We need to educate farmers to take good care of their equipment, so that it can last longer,” Jordan said.

He said the 10 model farms in 5 provinces are expected to help improve yields through better soil preparation and the adoption of modern crop management techniques. The company has since created a credit facility called John Deere Financial to provide low-income farmers with loans to acquire the John Deere brand of mechanised equipment.

“We created the model farms to teach and demonstrate to the farmers that with correct mechanisation, they can use the same input costs to get better crops. Farmers normally yield 1.5 tons to 2 tons per hectare when using traditional ploughing means, but in our model farms, we have been able to get up to 8 tons of crops per hectare,” he said.

Landbouweekliks kuier by Charles Back

Landbouweekliks besoek die bekende Fairview-landgoed naby die Paarl. Van wyn, kaas, vleis, jogurt, brood tot olyfolie – mnr. Charles Back, wat verlede jaar as Landbouskrywers SA se Boer van die Jaar aangewys is, glo in landbouprodukte van die hoogste gehalte.


KCM plc announces partnership to implement scalable agribusiness alongside its copper mining operations in Zambia

Konkola Copper Mines plc (“KCM”), a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources plc, has joined forces with AFGRI Agri Services, part of AFGRI Group Holdings, and ImpactAgri (Holdings) Ltd to develop agribusiness in Chililabombwe, Zambia.

Speaking at the launch of the initiative, KCM CEO Steven Din said: ‘KCM is one of Zambia’s leading mining companies, but our vision for opportunities on the Copperbelt extends beyond mining. We want to see the creation of new enterprises and new industries that will provide better local sourcing options for our business and greater economic opportunities for Copperbelt residents. That is why we are forming a partnership to develop agribusiness in the region.’’

The aim of the collaboration is to develop agricultural and agro-processing, and in so doing to create employment and protect the ecosystem adjacent to KCM’s mines. The initiative is a core pillar of Vedanta’s vision to help transform the Copperbelt into a strong and resilient regional economic hub that can sustain livelihoods even when copper prices are low.

1,500 hectares of land are initially being set aside for development in Chililabombwe, using AFGRI’s and ImpactAgri’s signature approach to agribusiness, which combines both inclusive farming methods and environmental best practice. A mixture of both high-value and commodity crops will be grown to cater for the local market and to penetrate higher value export markets. The implementing partners aim to create a truly sustainable, commercial, large-scale agribusiness that can deliver strong and positive economic and social impact.

Jon White, CEO of ImpactAgri, said: ‘’Often one of the biggest obstacles to developing agricultural projects in Africa is access to clean water in sufficient quantity. Thanks to the surplus of clean water coming from KCM’s Konkola mine, we have a perfect opportunity to develop local farmers into serious agri-preneurs as part of an organised large-scale, farming system.’’

Vaughan McTaggart, Managing Director of AFGRI Agricultural Development Services (ABBA) said: “We are excited to be joining forces with KCM and ImpactAgri to further our passion for catalysing agricultural production across Africa. We are confident we can make a meaningful contribution to local economic development and food security in Zambia.’’

Vrystaatse bewaringsboer leer by Moeder Natuur

Bewaringslandbou maak die natuur die boer se bondgenoot, sê mnr. Izak Dreyer van Vrede in die nuutste episode van Landbouweekliks.

Izak Dreyer van Vrede in die nuutste episode van Landbouweekliks.
Die aanbieder Ivor Price het Dreyer besoek om uit te vind hoekom kunsmis en plaagbestryding taboe is op sy plaas en hoe Dreyer sy Bonsmarabeeste se natuurlike trap- en vreetaksie saam met die diere se mis en urine gebruik om
biologiese grondgesondheid te verbeter.

Volgens Dreyer probeer hy by Moeder Natuur leer hoe om die omgewing te benut vir sy boerdery. Dié bewaringsboer het pas sy sesde geenbewerkingoes gelewer en het in die afgelope twee jaar dekgewasse gebruik. Hy het in die
afgelope drie jaar sy beste jare ooit in die boerdery gehad, wat hy sien as bewys dat bewaringslandbou nie net goedkoper is nie, maar ook meer volhoubaar.

Kykers sal in die program kan leer hoe hoëdrukbeweiding Dreyer help om suksesvol te boer. Hy praat ook oor sy droom om die koolstofinhoud van die grond op sy plaas te herstel tot waar dit 200 jaar gelede was. “As jou biologie
verbeter, begin die grond vir jou werk pleks daarvan dat jy vir die grond werk,” sê Dreyer.


Ook in vandeesweek se episode verduidelik mnr. Patrick Roux, besturende direkteur van Afgri Equipment, hoekom maatskappye, soos John Deere, graag nuwe tegnologie eerste aan die Suid-Afrikaanse en Australiese mark beskikbaar stel. Mnr. James Patterson van Aerobotics vertel meer oor die tipe landboudata wat met hommeltuie ingesamel kan word, en hoe boere dié data kan gebruik om besluite te neem. Mnr. Hendrik Smith, bewaringslandboukoördineerder by Graan SA, gesels in die episode oor hoekom die beskerming van die grond op jou plaas so belangrik is en hoe organiese materiaal en diversiteit ’n verskil in grondgesondheid kan maak. se gewilde virtuele veearts, dr. Faffa Malan, waarsku boere in sy insetsel teen parasiete en die siektes wat parasiete dié tyd van die jaar by skape, bokke en beeste veroorsaak.

Ivor kry die geleentheid om sy lyf jaagduiwel te hou in ’n baaluitdaging teen een van Izak se plaaswerkers. Moet ook nie vandeesweek se kompetisie misloop nie. Die prys sal veral WesKapenaars
wat swaarkry onder die droogte, gelukkig maak.

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Landbouweekliks fokus op herlewingslandbou

Vandeesweek kuier Landbouweekliks by Izak Dreyer, ’n herlewingslandboupionier van Vrede in die Oos-Vrystaat.

Herlewingslandbou is ’n storie van hoop, want boere kan die natuur inspan om koste op hul plase te verminder.  Izak beoefen geenbewerking en plant suksesvol somer en winter dekgewasse, wat die grond se biologiese gesondheid herstel.

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Agritech Expo Zambia turns 5 this year

Agritech Expo Zambia will take place from 12 to 14 April 2018 at the GART Research Centre in Chisamba. The expo returns to Zambia for the fifth time and promises new features, more country pavilions, and more free training opportunities.The event is expected to attract more than 22 000 visitors, with more than 270 local and international exhibitors, 3 500 large-scale farmers and 150 members of the media. The expo remains free to visitors that pre-register.

Country pavilions from France, Germany, Zimbabwe, Czech Republic and Finland have been confirmed.
“Thanks to the support of the farming community in Zambia, but also in the region, Agritech Expo Zambia has been established as a marketplace for regional and international industry professionals, young agripreneurs and farmers of all scales, to come together in 1 location to conduct exclusive agribusiness transactions while being educated on the latest global industry trends to advance into the next generation of food production,” says Emmanuelle Nicholls, Event Director.

The Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) is the owner of the event and President Jervis Zimba says “it is our belief that Agritech Expo, which has become the biggest agricultural showpiece in Zambia, will continue unveiling new ideologies and technologies relevant to the growth of our farmers not only in Zambia, but also beyond, that will help lift the poor majority out of poverty; the push behind the creation of the expo. With this in mind, we are expecting an even bigger Agritech Expo in 2018.”


Mowing and baling demonstrations
For the first time, Agritech Expo will be showcasing live mowing demonstrations. This new demo area is focusing on quality mechanisation for mowing purposes and will give farming professionals the opportunity to view this equipment in action.

Aquaculture showcase
Aquaculture is a growing market in Sub-Saharan Africa and the expo will be showcasing the regions’ most prominent players in this field.

Live planting demonstrations
These demonstrations will provide the opportunity for companies to practically demonstrate how products work.

Greenhouse showcase
A first-hand opportunity to see the effects and benefits of using a variety of seeds with fertilisers and pesticides to maximise yields.

Value added zone
Boosting commercial opportunities for farming operations by featuring the latest industry trends and solutions on ways to improve quality and enhance yields.


Machinery demonstrations
An exciting attraction and a great display of versatility and capability by leading machinery suppliers.

Construction park
Offers visitors a selection of quality construction equipment to suit their agricultural needs.

4×4 test track
Gives visitors the opportunity to test their skills or simply be driven around the track and experience the capability and manoeuvrability of high-end utility vehicles.

Crop trials
Visitors are able to view the yields of seeds from a variety of seed producers and respective agro-chemicals companies.

Energy park
Introduced in 2016 and offers innovative ways to get off the grid amidst the power crisis unfolding in the region.

International pavilions
Agritech has become an internationally acclaimed event, boasting over 39 countries being represented onsite year on year. In 2018, the expo expects to feature over 10 international country pavilions featuring products and solutions from global industry leaders.

Indoor expo
Showcases a variety of local and international agricultural suppliers looking to expand their footprint in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Irrigation zone
Displays a variety of irrigation systems and farming solutions, including centre pivot displays for commercial and small-scale farmers from leading industry suppliers.

Livestock zone
Incorporates various breeders who display their livestock services, species of livestock including goats, cows and sheep, as well as animal feeds and veterinary services.

Centre pivot display
Agritech Expo Zambia is the first agriculturally focused event in Africa to showcase a live centre pivot as part of the show.

AgriTeach workshops
This year the AgriTeach interactive training workshops are launched, presented by industry experts and focused on modernising small-scale farmers. AgriTeach provides access to market information, practical demonstrations and innovations from the latest financial loan models to new agricultural solutions.

Large-scale farmers seminars
Focusing on innovative solutions and initiatives to increase productivity under challenging market conditions.

SME zone
A cost-effective designed area for local based companies to participate in the event and to engage with farming professionals, without having to create a large display area.

VIP Business Lounge
Specifically geared for VIP farmers, government officials, policy makers and media officials to network and conduct meetings, directly with suppliers to the market and vendor companies.

Afgri and John Deere are returning as platinum sponsors with Gourock, SARO and Ursus confirmed as gold sponsors.

The expo is organised by Spintelligent, a Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK.

Vodacom Bulls team to face DHL Stormers in Wellington


Snyman, Smit to start for Vodacom Bulls


Springboks RG Snyman and Roelof Smit will both start for the Vodacom Bulls on Saturday in Wellington when they face the DHL Stormers in a Vodacom Super Rugby friendly.


Snyman has returned from his club duties in Japan recently and Smit, who proved his fitness off the bench last weekend against the Cell C Sharks in Polokwane after an injury lay-off, will both be keen to make an early statement to Vodacom Bulls coach, John Mitchell.


The duo represented the Springboks against the British Barbarians in 2016 in a match played in London and both could play significant roles in the Vodacom Bulls pack as Mitchell moulds his squad for the forthcoming Super Rugby tournament.


The coach made a number of rotational changes to the side that played the Cell C Sharks in Polokwane last weekend, with the halfback pairing of Andre Warner and Marnitz Boshoff starting and Embrose Papier and Manie Libbok reverting to the bench.


Only Divan Rossouw (fullback), the midfield pairing of Burger Odendaal and Johnny Kotze, Hanro Liebenberg (loose forward) and lock Ruben van Heerden has been retained from the starting team, with a host of players who came off the bench in Polokwane now getting a run-on opportunity in the Wellington clash.


“A number of players who did not start last weekend get a change to do so this week and will get some valuable game time under the belt,” Mitchell explained.


“We are still building towards the start of the competition and our performance will be work in progress towards that. We know we are playing against a very capable side, but that is the whole purpose of matches like these. There is nothing on offer, but so much to learn for both sides.”


Kick-off in Wellington is at 16h00.

The squad is: Divan Rossouw, Andell Loubser, Johnny Kotze, Burger Odendaal (c), Duncan Matthews, Marnitz Boshoff, Andre Warner, Jano Venter, Hanro Liebenberg (v/c), Roelof Smit, RG Snyman, Ruben van Heerden, Conraad van Vuuren, Jaco Visagie, Pierre Schoeman. Replacements: Adriaan Strauss, Lizo Gqoboka, Frans van Wyk, Lood de Jager, Marco van Staden, Thembelani Bholi, Embrose Papier, Manie Libbok, JT Jackson, Dries Swanepoel, Jade Stighling, Franco Naude.

Landbouweekliks bekyk die wonder van Wagyu

Wagyu word beskryf as die kaviaar van beesvleis en in die nuutste episode van Landbouweekliks ontmoet kykers ’n pionier van dié beesras in Suid-Afrika.

Mnr. Brian Angus van die plaas Woodview by Arlington in die Vrystaat het een van die oudste Angusstoeterye in die land. Hy het reeds in 1999 die Wagyu-ras Suid-Afrika help vestig.

Die Japannese beesras is bekend vir ’n besondere marmering van die vet in die vleis wat die smaak en tekstuur verander. Dit staan ook bekend as die eksklusiefste vleis ter wêreld. Angus se dogter, Megan, wat saam met hom boer, sê met reg die ras se vleis is so besonders dat hy homself bemark!

Kykers sal in die episode meer leer oor Angus se boerdery – van sy voerkraal, ontbeningsaanleg en saaiery met mielies waarvan kuilvoer gemaak word tot die Wagyu-beeste. Die Angusfamilie is reeds meer as ’n eeu op die plaas.

Me. Megan Angus, wat bemarking gestudeer het, help haar pa met die bemarking van hul produkte, wat as vakuumverpakte snitte aan ’n verskeidenheid van klante verkoop word.

In ander segmente in die program gesels mnr. Ronald King van PSG met die joernalis Lucille Botha oor die voordele en nadele van uittree-annuïteite, terwyl mnr. Japie van der Westhuizen van SA Stamboek gesels oor die konteks waarin genomika ’n hulpmiddel vir veeboere kan wees. Mnr. Sarel Opperman, groothandelbemarker van Afgri Equipment, vertel meer oor die waarde wat die JCB-telelaaier op jou plaas kan toevoeg.

Mnr. Theo Vorster, ekonoom en uitvoerende hoof van Galileo Capital, vertel meer oor die verskillende toepassings van tegnologie in die landbou en hoe selfs nuwe toetreders tot die mark voordeel uit nuwe tegnologie kan put. se virtuele veearts, dr. Faffa Malan, gee meer inligting oor muskiet- en muggietyd, en die virussiektes, soos knopvelsiekte, slenkdalkoors en driedaestywesiekte, wat daarmee gepaardgaan.

In dié week se uitdaging probeer die aanbieder, Ivor Price, om ’n bul se saad te tap – beslis die kyk werd!

‘Die kaviaar van beesvleis’

In episode vier van Landbouweekliks leer Ivor Price hoekom Wagyubeesvleis van die eksklusiefste vleis ter wêreld is.

Hy en die Landbouweekliks-span besoek Brian Angus by Arlington in die Oos-Vrystaat om uit te vind hoekom dié beesras so besonders is en hoe Brian-hulle die volledige waardeketting bestuur. ’n Interessante uitdaging lê ook weer vir Ivor voor – dié keer leer hy ’n bul van nader ken…

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VIA en Landbouweekblad snoer kragte saam met nuwe TV-program

‘Beleef boere soos jy hulle nog nooit voorheen beleef het nie’

Kom reis saam na van Suid-Afrika se beste boere saam met Landbouweekblad, Suid-Afrika se grootste en invloedrykste landboutydskrif. Dié boere bepaal die agenda en dink nuut en só los hulle ook van die land se grootste probleme op. Hulle is groot boere, klein boere, manlike boere, vroulike boere, wit, swart en bruin. En dan is daar natuurlik ook die groot masjiene, pragtige diere en indrukwekkende boorde en landerye!

VIA se nuwe program, Landbouweekliks, gaan nie net lig werp op die tegniese aspekte van landbou nie, maar ook op die boere se visie en lewenspad. Kenners gaan ook elke week raad en inligting oor spesifieke onderwerpe deel, en Landbouweekblad se redakteur en ’n paar joernaliste gaan ook te sien wees. Dié program is ’n vennootskap tussen VIA en Landbouweekblad, Suid-Afrika se grootste landboutydskrif. Landbouweekliks begin op Dinsdag 9 Januarie 2018 om 19:30 eksklusief op die Afrikaanse leefstylkanaal VIA (DStv-kanaal 147).

Die geliefde radio- en TV-persoonlikheid Ivor Price reis in elke episode na plase regoor Suid-Afrika. Hy ontmoet besonderse boere met hope entoesiasme vir die landboubedryf, sowel as die span mense wat saamwerk om die boerdery vorentoe te neem. Soos die Laeveldse boer Milaan Thal- witzer in die eerste episode sê: “Jy kan nie ’n besigheid bestuur en bedryf as jy nie goeie werkers het nie. Daarom gaan ons uit ons pad om vir ons werkers so veel voordele as moontlik te bied.”
‘Doen meer met minder’
“Ons boere is van die beste bestuurders in ons ekonomie,” sê Chris Burgess, hoofredakteur van Landbouweekblad. “Nie net moet hulle ’n magdom veranderlikes, soos die weer en die wisselkoers (wat grootliks buite hulle beheer is) suksesvol bestuur nie, maar hulle moet ook met vernuwende oplossings vorendag kom vir byna onoorkombare probleme. Een daarvan is dat hulle insetkoste gewoonlik vinniger styg as die prys van die produkte wat hulle produseer. Hulle moet die heeltyd nuut dink, nie net met hulle masjiene nie, maar ook in hulle koppe, om meer met minder te kan doen. Die resultaat is besonderse mense met ’n besonderse perspektief op die lewe wat gewone kykers sal verras en verstom. Beleef boere soos jy hulle nog nooit vantevore beleef het nie.”

Ivor besoek verskeie boerderye – van winter- en somergraan, vee, vrugte en wyn tot suksesvolle bemagtigingsprojekte. In Landbouweekliks rol Ivor ook sy moue op vir ’n bietjie handearbeid op die plaas. Dit sorg vir lekker humor én bied insig tot die daaglikse plaaslewe. Te midde van die harde werk, sweet en saamkuier leer ons hoe belangrik die landboubedryf werklik in Suid-Afrika is.

“VIA se leefstyl-inhoud bied die ideale platform vir ’n moderne landbouprogram wat klem lê op Suid-Afrikaners wat voluit boer,” sê Izelle Venter, VIA se kanaalhoof. “Die program sal nie net die
landbougemeenskap aan die hart gryp nie, maar ook gewone verbruikers wat graag wil verstaan waar hulle kos vandaan kom.”

Nuwe episodes van Landbouweekliks word elke Dinsdag om 19:30 uitgesaai met heruitsendings op Sondae om 17:30. Die twee seisoene van die program bestaan uit 26 episodes van ’n halfuur elk. Die program is ook op DStv Now beskikbaar.

Landbouweekliks word deur Brand Republic vervaardig en met trots ondersteun deur die hoofborg AFGRI en ook dié rolspelers in die landboubedryf: GWK, Monsanto (Dekalb SA), MSD, PSG en Hinterland.

Bly op die hoogte
• VIA se programroosters word in Afrikaanse koerante, Huisgenoot en tvplus gepubliseer en is ook op en beskikbaar. Volg VIA TV op Facebook en @viatv op Instagram om op hoogte te bly van programnuus.
• Besoek vir nog inligting oor die boere en plase.
• Vir nog besonderhede oor VIA se programme of aanbieders, stuur e-pos aan Saskia Hill by of besoek