Doing business can be fun!

Lindiwe Sithole, host of African Farming Season 2, had a great time exploring Nkosana Mtambo’s farm. He showed her how to drive a tractor and shared stories of how he got into agriculture. “I embraced this lifestyle and changed what I needed to to make this work,” says this city dweller turned farm boy. “I am in love with what I do. I work so hard, because it is more than just a job for me. I love every moment of farming.” 

Most farmers enjoy attending auctions – they are a fun and educational way to learn and grow. Auctions are like family reunions, as farmers usually travel from various communities to attend them. It is the perfect place to meet old friends and make new ones. 

Allan Sinclair, a representative of Vleissentraal, says it is crucial to align yourself with a reputable auction house. A reliable auction with years of experience will have knowledge of the market trends and a lot of resources at its disposal. 

Sithole asked Sinclair about the services an auction house offers farmers. “When you need to market your product, you need to address various issues like trust, knowledge and security,” he explains.

“By choosing a reputable auction house, you know you are dealing with someone who has knowledge of the industry, the prices in the market, the issues of the day and the agricultural sector.”

In addition, Sinclair says, farmers have the assurance of inviting someone they know, rather than strangers, to their farms.

“The most important point of all is that farmers can rest assured that they receive the much-needed cash flow from a reputable dealer, because these companies can load your product on your farm or sell it at the auction and then pay you immediately.” 

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