FarmSol partners with South African Breweries to support smallholder grain farmers across eight provinces in South Africa. Aron Kole, managing director of FarmSol, spoke to Glenneis Kriel about his company’s history and aims, as well as his personal journey in agriculture. Read more…
Smallholder farmers are a growing force in the agricultural industry, despite lacking access to key and critical resources – as the demand for food demand is expected to double by 2050 when South African agriculture will have to provide food security for about 73 million people (according to WWF-SA).
Smallholder farmers across the country, who produce non-genetically modified (GMO) maize and barley on contract for beer manufacturer, the South African Breweries (SAB), are on the edge of their seats about the way in which the banning of beer sales will affect their livelihoods.
Twenty-four year old Njabulo Mbokane is not about to rest on her laurels and bask in the glory of her 2019 SAB-FarmSol Young Emerging Farmer of the Year title. As FarmSol Youth Ambassador, she is taking on a new challenge that is close to her heart.
Incorrect identification of the fall army worm (Spodoptera Frugiperda), as well as incorrect reporting of feeding on uncommon hosts, are usually due to the lack of good visual reference material. This presentation by The Department of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries aims to address this shortcoming, and it is hoped that the information and visuals contained herein will assist workers in the field to improve their ability to do preliminary identifications, not only of the fall army worm, but also identifications of other common caterpillars on crops in South Africa.
Experts have warned that food security could face severe challenges by 2050, when South Africa is expected to have a population of 73 million, requiring double the current production capacity. FarmSol, a black-owned agricultural services company and an implementation partner to the South African Breweries (SAB) farmer development programme, in response to this, plans to attract and empower more young farmers through its national programme.
Managing director at Farmsol, Aron Kole spoke to Nickolaus Bauer on Farmsol together with SAB, developing a new market that will assist future fit smallholder farmers with necessary skills to help with the agricultural development in South Africa.
FarmSol MD, Aron Kole, says, the development of emerging farmers should be seen not only as a national project, but as an initiative extending far beyond a government transformation objective.
The severe drought – hit South Africa over some years has not only had a direct impact on farmer profitability and the ability of farmers to service their production loans resulting in carry-over debts; has also made it difficult for banks to advance input loan assistance to farmers in subsequent years.