The Kaap Agri Academy in Porterville was established in 2008. It started off with a development programme for emerging farmers. This course, which is accredited by die AgriSETA, is annually attended by approximately 25 emerging farmers who are selected from more than 100 applications. All the individuals attending the course have access to land and are already involved in farming.
The content of the programme, which is presented by BathoPele, consists of several sessions during the year and is presented in two sections, namely business practice and farming practice. The aim of the course is to fully equip emerging farmers with practical as well as management knowledge to eventually become successful commercial farmers. The course is on a NQF Level 2 and consists of farm management and sustainable farming practice and livestock and crop cultivation. The successful students will receive a National Certificate in Mixed Farming.
The Academy has twice produced the AgriSETA’s learner of the year and several students were also finalists for this award. More than 200 students have already completed this course successfully. Since 2010 the Kaap Agri Academy also started with the training of farmworkers. The courses as well as the training providers are accredited with the AgriSETA. Amongst the courses presented are: tractor maintenance, first-aid, spray pump operation, supervision, handling of chemicals, welding, fork-lift operating, orchard monitoring and Health and Safety representation. Amongst the new courses are fire-fighting, safety on farms, operating of a ditcher, as well as truck, crane and tip truck.
The Academy also presents courses on request and many of the farmworker courses are presented on a satellite basis at Kaap Agri’s various business outlets. Since 2010, more than 4,000 farmworkers have been trained by the Academy.