We understand that the perfect farm takes passion, dedication and sometimes just that little bit extra, and that’s why AFGRI is proud to support South Africa’s emerging farmers through our training and development programme, Harvest Time Investments.

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 Investments 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.

We understand that the perfect farm takes passion, dedication, AFGRI and something just that little extra

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 Investments 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

Case Studies

Across South Africa, emerging farmers are making huge strides thanks to AFGRI’s Harvest Time programme, which makes finance, training, agronomists and mentors available to farmers.

Here are just a few of their success stories.

IN METSWEDING, GAUTENG, FARMER A IS FLOURISHING

Harvest Time met farmer A for the first time during the 2013/2014 season. Only 68 ha had been planted using a planter which was incorrectly calibrated creating large, inefficient gaps amongst the maize plants.

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 AFGRI Harvest Time training and development programme.

IN MPUMALANGA, FARMER C NOW HAS A 617 HA FARM AND RECENTLY WON FARMER OF THE YEAR WITH GRAIN SA

Humble beginnings meant that farmer C originally farmed on 50 ha but three years ago this started to change when he joined the AFGRI Harvest Time training and development programme.

IN STANDERTON FARMER D IS MAKING HIS PASSION A REALITY

This is the first year in the Harvest Time programme for farmer D, who is very passionate about farming, and is a highly motivated individual.

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