Farming cooperative gradually becomes force to be reckoned with

STOFFBERG – The much needed cooperatives in the district are steadily starting to take shape to the benefit of their respective communities.

One such example is the Thulani Dairy Farming Primary Cooperative, established in 2016 as a dairy outlet in Marble Hall.

In their determination to respond to government’s call to close the gap of high unemployment rate, the cooperative currently employs 12 workers.

The employed in the cooperative comprise six beneficiaries, five women and one man and an additional six permanently employed workers who are four women and two men, three of whom are young people.

Back in the year 2008, driven by the need to spread wings in the farming landscape in Sekhukhune district, Thulani Dairy Farming Primary Cooperative approached the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) for support in livestock farming, cattle in particular.

In September that year, their pleas for support from the department were well received and through the Land Redistribution and Agricultural Development (LRAD) programme, the cooperative’s application to secure a farm was a success.

On Thulani Dairy Farming Cooperative’s behalf, the department secured Haakdoorndraai 169 JS’s portion 12, with a total of 171 ha, located within Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality, between Stoffberg Road and Groblersdal.

In addition to the spent during the process of acquiring the farm, the cooperative received financial injection from DALRRD through balance of grant (BOG), recapitalization and development funds and the COVID-19 relief funds.

Currently, Thulani Dairy Farming Primary Cooperative has expanded even bigger with seven chicken houses to the carrying capacity of 10 560 chickens. The production ration is 10 500 eggs on a daily basis.

The cooperative targets community members and local supermarkets. The workers said they aspired to see themselves prospering within the agricultural landscape and counted among commercial farmers as they currently followed among small holders’ farmers’ category.

 

Thapelo Motseo

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