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Batlhako Temo Agricultural Primary Co-op​



Location:North West, Hartebeespoort


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Members of Batlhako Temo Agricultutral Primary Co-operative approached Seda in 2010 when they were farming sunflower on their personal farms. They wanted assistance on how to become sustainable farmers. This is one co-op that has invested back into the co-op, currently they are under the SIR Juice supply development programme. It has currently built habitable structures for its employees; renovated (work in progress) the old store into an office station. It has purchased new tractors that can move around trees during harvesting. They still farm sunflower.

The initial analysis revealed that they were not registered. They experienced no growth as most of the money went to Obaro as their supplier of seedlings; diesels and harvesting machines. Obaro would buy sunflower, then deduct all cost and then deposit a very small amount of money which was not even profit because they could not even account how much were the total costs. The Seda interventions included assisting with the registration of Co-operative. Implemented training on vegetable and sunflower farming. Referred them to Land affairs regarding the acquisition of farm. The also provided the co-op with access to markets.

The outcomes that came from Seda's intervention included a fully registered co-operative. They acquired a citrus farm of 60 hectares with 10% shares to supply Magalies Citrus. They are now contracted to supply Sir Juice; which also through their supplier development programme appointed a book keeper, purchased a new engine for their truck and provided them with a mechanic who services their truck. Seda further assisted the co-op with the development of bankable business plan as well as provided export training. These set the co-op on a new path which included the co-op getting finance form the department of rural development and the department of agriculture. Which in-turn improved their turnover and assets, also giving them an opportunity to supply the Tshwane Fresh Produce Market. 

The turnover increased exponentially, while 10 permanent jobs have been created for the day-day running of the farm and a further part-time employment of 20 seasonal workers.​