Turning emerging grain farmers into sustainable SMMEs

I am Technical Support Manager for Mapfura Makhura Incubator in Marble Hall, Limpopo province. A section 21 company which serves to be central in the nurturing of small scale, resource poor farmers by training, mentoring and developing them into commercially viable farmers who will be fully equipped to exploit business opportunities enveloped by the biodiesel industry.

MMI is currently incubating 170 agribusiness enterprises /emerging farmers farming on approximately 20000Ha which is at the moment grossly underutilised due to lack of resources. All incubatees forms a primary base for the supply of feedstock (sunflower & Soybean) into the biodiesel plant and are also supported to do both rotational crop production and intercropping as a way of ensuring food security.

In its four years of operation, MMI has established 141 SMMEs and 39 projects. It is envisaged that in the next financial year, all the 29 projects will be developed into SMMEs, whereby 93 are women owned SMMEs. To-date MMI managed to create 203 direct jobs and 223 casual jobs sence its establishment in 2006.

First name: Matsimele
Last name: Chuene
Email address: chuenemj@biodieselmmi.org.za
Telephone: 071 442 2231