During the eight episode of African Farming, the agricultural television show on Mzansi Wethu (channel 163), Vivian Mbele, an AFGRI Silo Manager, explained to the show’s host, Angie Khumalo, why it’s beneficial for farmers to make use of AFGRI Grain’s services.
Dr Obakeng Mfikwe is an award-winning commercial farmer who is also a registered doctor. Farming took over his life, so he exchanged his lab coat for some overalls and veldskoene.
Mfikwe has planted over 1 000 hectares on his farm, as feed for his cattle, but also to sell commercially. It is a lot of grain that needs to be stored and transported and that is exactly AFGRI Grain’s forte.
“For farmers to reach Mfikwe’s level, they need to contact our division UNIGRO. We help you with the process of planting and harvesting. Every farmer needs to know how to plant and harvest,” said Mbele.
With a history that tracks back almost 100 years, UNIGRO is an agricultural finance partner, that will stand by your side to impart their knowledge and understanding of the seasonality of agricultural cycles and how credit is vital for agricultural success.
“Once you’ve harvested, we’ll introduce you to our marketers. They will help you with the best pricing systems so that you get to a point where you can see the profits in your books.
“The next step is to meet the silo managers. Silo managers will make sure that your crop is measured by state-of-the-art machinery. Graders will grade your crop fairly and accordingly.
“You get better benefits when you are part of AFGRI Grain’s business. You’ll find that when you bring your crop to AFGRI, you will receive it back as is. We will not lose it.
“You also have access to long-term storage with us. When the value of the crop goes up while in storage, you can sell it and make a profit.”
AFGRI Grain is a world leader in the handling and storage of grains and oil seeds. They offer secure storage of agricultural products in an infrastructure of grain silos and bunkers throughout South Africa, Congo-Brazzaville, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Zambia with a capacity of more than 5,0 million tons.