Farming brothers Daniel and Devon De Sousa, who started their farming business without any land, join this episode of Farmer’s Inside Track. The duo shares insights on their business strategy, their outlook on being innovative, and running a farming business in Mzansi.
According to Daniel – the youngest – growing leafy greens in their backyard was the first step towards leasing neighbouring farmland.
In the episode, Daniel details why establishing a successful farming business starts with the groundwork. “If you get the groundwork and your infrastructure correct from the start, business will be successful,” he says.
Using technology to make huge strides
Devon, on the other hand, is a bit of a tech guru who believes that technology will take Mzansi’s agri sector to new heights. He also shares his thoughts on what the future of agriculture in Mzansi will look like.
“In a good way, I think the whole landscape is going to change when stakeholders stop working in silos and start working together, collectively and offer their offerings as a bucket to the farmers.”
Devon says farmers need to start thinking differently about how they run their businesses.
“Instead of forecasting your crops, you should do budget forecasts. Replace plant production with a budget, and instead of looking at access to markets, brand your products.”
He says this is key if farmers want to be sustainable and it will help with funding opportunities.
Additional topics covered in the podcast include:
- What farmers need to know before starting a business;
- The importance of paying attention to details, and
- Agriculture innovation.
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