Amadlelo Agri’s positive impact on dairy farming in South Africa cannot go unnoticed. They act as a strategic investor to help diversify agriculture in South Africa. They want to uplift previously disadvantaged groups of people and give them a platform to start building successful businesses.
What and why is Amadlelo Agri?
Established in 2004, Amadlelo was set up to encourage, motivate, and fund black farmers in South Africa. In an industry that has largely been dominated by white farmers, Amadlelo Agri have committed themselves to transforming the dairy industry in South Africa.
They are a 72% black-owned business committed to bringing diversity to the forefront of agriculture. Not only are they focusing on establishing black farmers in the South African dairy market, they are also blurring the lines between gender and farming by supporting and investing in young black female farmers to push the industry forward.
The trust provides support services to black farmers to ensure their prosperity and success in dairy farming. They also offer project management resources, skills development, funding, and technology that makes the farming process faster and more efficient.
Amadlelo Agri has several dairy farms under their care and they are hoping to expand as they become more successful. Currently, Fort Hare Dairy, Makhoba Dairy, Middledrift Dairy. Ncora Dairy, Seven Stars Dairy, and Shiloh Dairies are all supported by the trust. Collectively, these dairies produce roughly 100 000 litres of milk a day.
Amadlelo Agri is not exclusively focused on dairy. They have started to expand by investing in cashew farms and piggeries. The point is to positively influence the South African agricultural industry as a whole.
Strategic investing for the dairy industry
Amadlelo Agri is an enterprise that is split into four different sections. The first section is known as Tulsacap which refers to a group of black professionals who have provided the resources and investment capital to make Amadlelo Agri’s vision and mission a reality. The second division is the Amadlelo Milk Producers Investment Company which is made up of commercial farmers in the South African agricultural sector.
The third sector is Vuwa Investments which is a 100% black-owned company responsible for a fifth of Amadlelo Agri’s investment resources. The final division is Amadlelo Empowerment Trust which represents roughly 500 black workers in the agriculture field.
How are they making a change?
Amadlelo Agri is taking a five-pronged approach to empowering and uplifting black farmers. They want to:
- Defend and grow the dairy industry
- Diversify their range of interests into other agricultural fields
- Develop and train staff
- Use innovative technology to improve efficiency
- Build thriving communities with sustainability at the core of their mission
By using innovative technology, building and developing skills, and providing the capital and resources farmers need to run their farms, Amadlelo Agri is sourcing endless opportunities, jobs, and possibilities for growth to dairy farmers across South Africa.
Amadlelo Agri and Dairy Group
Dairy Group works closely with some of the dairy farmers from Amadlelo Agri. Fort Hare Dairy, run by Jeanet Rikhotso, is one of Dairy Group’s suppliers of raw milk. At Dairy Group we could not be prouder to nurture talent in the agricultural sectors of South Africa.
Amadlelo Agri and Dairy Group share the same passion for sustainability and sustainable farming. Their presence in the industry is invaluable.