The Eastern Cape town of Alice, surrounding communities and Fort Hare University students are to benefit from a R20 million commercial dairy farming enterprise.
Commercial farmers have also assisted in setting up the venture which aims to provide a training facility for agriculture students, commercial and emerging farmers, as well as farm workers from all over the African continent.
At the same time it wants to make money. The dairy farm stands on 200 hectares of land that belongs to Fort Hare University. It has a world class milking facility, using the most modern technology around.
Presently about 600 cows are milked daily. The founding company, Amedlelo Agri, is a partnership between commercial farmers from the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal and a black economic empowerment company.
“We got together because of their expertise in farming, we decided to work together and form Amadlelo Agri. It is this company that has partnered with the University of Fort Hare to establish the Fort Hare dairy,” said Amadlelo Agri chairperson Bulelani Ngcuka.