Poultry farmers receive support to help meet eggs demand

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A solar borehole pump and a newly built poultry house are helping the young farmers of Masa Sunrise Farming to increase the supply of fresh eggs to the surrounding communities.

This burgeoning chicken farm based in Taaiboschgroet, Ga-Mamadi, located in the Blouberg township, has received business support and funding from Soutpan Solar Power’s youth business development program to help scale up the business.

Since its establishment in 2019, this youth-owned business has become a well-known egg supplier, equipped with incubators and hatcheries housing almost a thousand chickens. Farmer Peter Meyer has an interest in the area and has poultry skills and knowledge which the Department of Agriculture has used to support other local poultry farmers. With the added support of the solar farm, he hopes to expand to help other farmers in and around his community.

“Soutpan Solar Power gave me the courage to move from my backyard to my own property where we currently have a thousand layers. The newly installed borehole has brought life to the farm as no farm can function without quality water supply. They also encouraged us to step out of our comfort zone and helped us create a vision of what we can achieve in the next few years,” commented Peter Meyer, owner of Masa Sunrise Farming.

As part of this youth business development program, Soutpan Solar Power aims to provide entrepreneurs with mentorship as a way to improve their business management skills. In addition, the program helps assess, identify and address critical needs that hinder business growth.

“Each year we reach out to the community and invite stakeholders in the SMME development space to participate in selecting businesses that deserve to be enrolled in the program. Peter Meyer impressed the panel when he presented his business case this year because he knew how to sell his business and showed a lot of passion for what he does,” commented Harrisinah Theka, Economic Development Specialist at Soutpan Solar Power.

The Soutpan Solar Power Youth Skills Development Program is implemented in collaboration with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA); Small Business Development Agency (SEDA); Venetia Mine; Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET); Department of Rural Development and Capricorn District Municipality.

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