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Mixed Farming Incubator (5)

MASDT this month completed the training of tobacco facilitators to equip them with knowledge and skills to go out to different areas where SCV tobacco is grown and train farmers in their second year of tobacco production. The farmers will be taught in their mother tongue during May for a period of three to four weeks. Training contents include natural resources, infrastructure and placement of farm structures, sustainable farming systems, the production environment, and occupational health and safety. Full training will also be given on vegetable and livestock production, updates on the production of SCV tobacco, governance, management and leadership…
“MASDT has taken us out of the darkness into the light by transferring sound farming knowledge through their workshops and regular visits.”These are the words of Jeremy Strydom, a fourth-generation emerging farmer who strongly believes in tobacco cultivation to grow his farming enterprise into a commercial business. He farms on Matjiesrivier, a 100ha farm in the Swartberg’s Cango Valley outside Oudtshoorn, which he shares with other farmers.This season Jeremy planted 3ha of Burley and 1ha of Sun Cured Virginia (SCV) tobacco he estimates will reap a profit of R50 000. The money, he says, he will plough back into the…
The emerging farmers of Houmoed Trust is going through a serious learning curve, but with more discipline and adherence to the rules of tobacco planting, there is no reason why they cannot make it to commercial level, says MASDT External Facilitator and Agri Economist Dr Piet van Zyl.Houmoed Trust comprises of 11 emerging farmers who farm on 102ha near Deyselsdorp in the Oudtshoorn District in the southern Cape. This is the first season that they have ventured into tobacco cultivation by planting 3ha of Sun Cured Virginia (SCV) seedlings. Houmoed Trust is attempting to diversify their enterprise and have also…
South Africa exceeded the global average of trade in illegal cigarettes in 2011 by eight to 12% resulting in a staggering 7,5 billion tax-, excise- and VAT free cigarettes – mainly from Zimbabwe – dumped on local consumers. It is estimated that SA’s trade in illegal cigarettes has doubled over three years with the trade making up well over 25% of the total cigarette market. This equals a whopping 6 billion illegal cigarettes sold every day. Seen as the fastest growing tobacco ‘category’ globally, illegal cigarette sales results in lost of income to the South African government’s coffers of at…
MASDT Tobacco IncubatorMobile Agri Skills Development and Training (MASDT) launched its Tobacco Incubator Project to uplift emerging black African farmers to become productive commercial producers in collaboration with industry players and government. This  project is mainly funded by British American Tobacco South  Africa (BATSA).  The project was launched on the farm of the Silwanendlala Ubuntu Farmers’ Association (SUFA) in Buffelspruit in 2010. Buffelspruit is situated in Nkomazi, Mpumalanga – one of South Africa’s warmest and most fertile agricultural regions. Mpumalanga is known as one of the world’s finest banana and sugar cane producing regions but its  climate and soil are…
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