Ukufez Okhono | Unlocking potential

Harvest Time Investments delivers AFGRI’s farmer training and development programme. With over 90 years of experience in the agricultural sector, AFGRI understands what it takes to be a successful farmer, and with this in mind, launched Harvest Time in 2012 to unlock the potential of farmers and their farms through training, development, and mentorship.

As part of the initiative, study groups and trial sites are used to demonstrate new technology such a precision farming. Mentors and agronomists are on hand to share practical information and knowledge and offer insight that comes from many years of experience.

However, the mentorship is arguably the most valuable component of all – by working directly with the emerging farmer throughout the process, AFGRI’s mentors, working with teams from GeoAgro, AFGRI’s precision farming division, and its agronomists, are able to assist the individual to enhance his/her yields. This puts the farmer in a good position to increase yields and grow more crops, ultimately helping him or her to become the successful commercial farmers of tomorrow.

Understanding that grain marketing and price hedging are also an integral part of a successful farming operation and of the profit earned from different crops, AFGRI assists new era farmers with Grain Management services, and farmers are taught to understand the basics of the futures market. They are thus able to use this knowledge to hedge prices in the future. Farmers are also provided with basic business skills training.

Finally, the programme provides finance to farmers and exposure to the latest technology and farming best practice.

Through organised Farmers’ Days AFGRI continues to expand the horizons of new era farmers and will always, as it has done for over 90 years, be with the farmers, for the farmers.

Programme Qualifying Criteria

Farmers must first sign a five-year Enterprise/Supplier Development Agreement, and in that period, and beyond, are exposed to the entire AFGRI service offering. Relevant AFGRI divisions are available to assist with solutions such as financing, insurance, agricultural equipment, grain storage, business management, marketing and more.

Courses on offer include:

  • Production Methods
  • Farm Management for Profits
  • Farm Evaluation
  • Planning and Management
  • Business Ethics and Farm Management
  • Personal Development
  • Livestock Management
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Basic Literacy
  • Tractor Driving

Eligiblity Criteria

Harvest Time is aimed at emerging farmers who meet the following conditions:

  • They must have a true passion for agriculture/farming
  • They must be driven individuals
  • They must have access to suitable land

It is not necessary to have technical experience, equipment or to be fully literate – this information is only required to determine the most appropriate training method.

Contact us for more information:

Tel: (+ 27)11 063 2347

Email: bankies.malan@afgri.co.za

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