Solidifying relationships is top of the agenda for FarmSol Holdings in 2023. Recently the agricultural company, in collaboration with liquor powerhouse South African Breweries (SAB), handed over brand-new tractors and farming equipment worth R8 million to 32 North West farmers.
Catch up on all the moments of joy and beaming faces at the FarmSol ceremony that took place at the premises of the Ipelegeng Cooperative in the Greater Taung Municipality.
A farming mother’s joy
FarmSol Holdings puts the needs of black farmers first. Their model is aimed at incubating emerging farmers into thriving businesses by linking them to key pillars including access to markets, finance, training, and mentorship.
This was evident when Taung farmers received equipment worth a whopping R8 million this past week.
The mood was nothing short of exciting for the Taung recipients.
Keitumetse Kgosiamang is a mother of three and grandmother of two. She is just one of 32 Taung farmers who is elated by the good tidings from FarmSol and the South African Breweries.
“I am so happy because I have struggled for a long time. In the past, contractors have charged us a lot of money. This time it is going to be better if FarmSol bought us equipment.”
Kgosiamang grows soyabeans, barley and groundnuts on 10 hectares of land in Tshidiso. She inherited this land from her mother and has used it to support her family for the last seven years.
“Even right now, I am still planting in my yard where I have a big garden. In the future, I would like to see myself being able to buy seeds for myself, fertiliser, and chemicals.”
Building a dignified future
The Taung mechanisation handover is a joint effort between FarmSol and SAB to put the power back in a deserving farmer’s hands, and to raise labour and farm productivity, says FarmSol CEO, Aron Kole.
In a previous article by Food For Mzansi, Kole said that the donation formed part of an R8-million investment in the black growers initiative by both FarmSol and SAB.
“This is something very significant,” he said. “These tools, however, are the most expensive items you can find on the farm and SAB and FarmSol have made it possible for the farmers to say they too are owners.”
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