Buhle Farmers’ Academy, a pioneering institution in agricultural education and training, continues its unwavering commitment to the empowerment and training of youth. Over the past three years, the academy has trained a total of 1511 farmers, of which 966 were youth.
As reports of food shortages continue to raise concerns, and with the growing challenge of an ageing farming population, Buhle recognizes the critical need to make farming profitable and sustainable, thus enticing young individuals to view it as a viable long-term option.
With a commitment to equipping the next generation of farmers with the necessary skills and knowledge, Buhle has made significant strides in increasing youth participation and training.
“Knowledge is power. At our training academy, we empower new farmers by giving them the knowledge and skills they need,” said Buhle CEO Nyiko Maluleke.
Over the past three years, the academy has observed a consistent upward trend in the number of youths trained, exemplifying their dedication to nurturing young talent in agriculture.
Young farmers face multiple challenges, including the extreme weather resulting from climate change, and load shedding, which affects their ability to irrigate their crops, care for their livestock and fulfil a host of other farming tasks.
The academy believes that by offering comprehensive training programs, the appropriate facilities, and expert guidance from industry professionals. each student receives a holistic learning experience.
From practical farming techniques to business management strategies, the academy equips young farmers with the necessary knowledge to thrive in the agricultural sector.
Maluleke is heartened by the increasing role that technology is playing in new farmers’ operations.
Inspiring a new generation of farmers
“It is enabling them to work smarter, rather than just harder, to succeed,” he said. “A nation that is food secure is peaceful. Farmers are the force behind this peace.”
The CEO said they would remain committed to empowering the youth and promoting agriculture as a lucrative and sustainable career choice whilst promoting sustainable farming practices.
By fostering an environment that encourages innovation, resilience, and adaptability, the academy aims to inspire a new generation of farmers who will play a pivotal role in ensuring food security and economic growth in our nation.
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