The Zimbabwean government had asked for more vigilant border controls to stop the spread of the PPR (Peste des petits ruminants) virus in Zimbabwe, and to countries outside its borders,
Thabo Dithakgwe of Nasi Ditha Farming started farming at 13 with the donation of a pregnant heifer from his father. Today he inspires many, young and old, as a shining example that success in farming comes through hard work and determination. Peter Mashala visited him on his farm near Tosca outside Vryburg in the North West.
Gerswin Louw was the right man for commercial farmer Schalk Viljoen to bring in as a shareholder in Dasberg Farming, an agricultural transformation project in the Riviersonderend district of the Overberg. Livestock manager Gerswin has a solid background in sheep that he continuously grows while building his farming experience and his leadership skills. Gerswin says success in the agricultural world needs diligence, commitment and a lifelong passion for the job.
Livestock farming is to a large extent regulated by the laws of nature, but state-mandated regulations are also in place to protect national herds and flocks from disease and to safeguard trade. At another level, vets and animal health technicians help farmers set up and maintain standards and norms that ensure the health of their animals.
In the agricultural cropping and fresh-produce sector, industry standards act to guide planting and management of fields, orchards and vineyards. Standard compliance improves yields and quality, boosts profits and makes for a lucrative export trade in high-quality South African produce.
African Farming presenter Tony Ndoro discusses compliance with industry regulations and standards across the value chain with industry experts, Ratselane Marumo of Afrivet, Allan Sinclair of Vleissentraal Bloemfontein and MD of Afgri’s Lemang Agricultural Services, Praveen Dwarika.
In our final episode of African Farming season three, host Tony Ndoro spends time with cattle, goat and sheep farmer Thabo Dithakgwe and our panel experts discuss the future of farming. Tune in this Thursday at 19:00 on Mzansi Wethu, DStv channel 163.
South Africa’s food security and the survival of agribusinesses depend on the entry of more black farmers to the sector. While subsistence farming has a place in rural communities, commercial farming needs to grow to sustain agriculture. This growth requires the support of innovative financing packages.
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