At Dairy Group, we are excited about the future of farming. We want to ensure that sustainable practices are constantly and consistently being agreed to and we want to make sure that we are nurturing the future farmers of South Africa. This is why we work closely with Harry Gwala Agri.
Harry Gwala Agri
Launched in 2017, this initiative was started to uplift the youth of South Africa and give them the opportunity to contribute effectively and meaningfully to the agricultural sector.
Harry Gwala Agri is a non-profit company that is founded on the belief that farmers must stand together to extend support to the farming industry and their surrounding communities to make a meaningful contribution to the local and national economy.
Their mandate is project-driven and they aim to advise, facilitate, skill, and fund people who are interested in farming and agriculture as a whole. They also focus on engaging the public and private sectors to ensure that word of the mandate is spread countrywide.
Harry Gwala Agri runs two projects which contribute to the overall success of all types of farming in South Africa. Their Agricultural Mentorship Projects (AMPs) are designed to foster the transfer of skills between established and aspiring farmers.
With these initiatives, Harry Gwala Agri aims to help aspiring farmers establish themselves through financial investments, mentoship programs, and progress evaluation. They want to set farmers up initially and provide them with the skills and resources necessary to become successful.
They have several projects that have led to successful results through mentorship. One of the projects is Strachan’s Household Food Security Project in Highflats and Umzimkhulu. The farmer, Mr. Strachan, helped one of his staff members when she needed assistance with her home garden. The project has now grown to two of the surrounding communities on his farm. He offers support through the bulk purchase of seed and fertiliser and showing people how to use simple yet effective techniques that are in line with sustainable farming practices.
Mentorship is the future
The reason Harry Gwala Agri has decided to focus so heavily on the importance of mentorships and training is because it provides aspiring farmers with opportunities that they would not otherwise have. If every farmer in South Africa decided to contribute to their communities, far more potential farmers would be given the opportunities that Harry Gwala Agri is offering.
In-Service Training Programme
The In-Service Training Programme is conducted in conjunction with the Esayidi TVET College which offers Farm Management courses that involve theory, training, and practical assessments for aspiring farmers. At the start of this initiative, the college approached Harry Gwala Agri because the students required support while undergoing training.
Alongside Pannar Seed, they set up a monthly stipend for 20 of the 100 students at the college for the entire 18-month duration of the course. They also offer post-programme support in the form of internships and funding to ensure the effective and successful integration of these students into the agricultural sectors of South Africa.
Dairy Group and Harry Gwala Agri
Dairy Group contributes R15 000 per month to the Harry Gwala Agri Fund to ensure that students can participate in various programs on farms and even have the opportunity to go overseas as part of the training.
Dairy Group is excited and inspired by Harry Gwala Agri’s initiatives and we feel that it is an important vision for the future of South African farming. Farmers can no longer continue on the individualistic path they have inherited. It is time to bring the community together at large and establish a successful and developed farming industry in South Africa.
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