A life of farming

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. 

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Dasberg Farming – a land reform success story

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. 

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Livestock: The role of regulations

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. 

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Industry standards help farmers improve quality

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.

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Auction houses set the bar

Compliance with agricultural industry standards and norms across the value chain enables the sector to deliver quality produce to consumers, and for producers and other stakeholders to maintain a good reputation in the sector. 

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Transformation and growth through collaboration

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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