The Kaap Agri Academy in Porterville was established in 2008 and has since grown into a training centre offering farmer development programmes as well as farmworker training programmes.
Farmer development programme
The farmer development programme consists of three courses, all accredited by the AgriSETA. The Academy has thrice produced the AgriSETA’s Learner of the Year and several students were also finalists for this award. More than 360 students have already successfully completed this programme.
The Mixed Farming, Animal Production and Plant Production courses are annually attended by approximately 60 emerging farmers who are selected from more than 100 applications. All the individuals attending the courses have access to land, are previously disadvantaged individuals and are already involved in farming practice.
The content of the programme, consists of several class sessions during the year and is presented in two sections, namely business practice and farming practice. The aim of the programme is to fully equip emerging farmers with practical as well as management knowledge to eventually become successful commercial farmers. The courses are on NQF Level 2 and NQF Level 3 and focus on farm management, sustainable farming practice, livestock and crop cultivation. The successful students receive a National Certificate.
Since 2010 the Kaap Agri Academy also offers training to farmworkers. The courses as well as the training providers are accredited with the AgriSETA. These practical courses include: tractor maintenance, first-aid, spray pump operation, supervision, handling of chemicals, welding, fork-lift operating, orchard monitoring and health and safety representation. New courses are added in alignment to clients’ needs. Recently added courses include: fire-fighting, safety on farms, operating of a digger loader, 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 6 000 farmworkers have been trained by the Academy.