Developing Farmers

SAPPO believes that commercial pork producers must assist developing pig farmers for sustainability as it is an intensive and highly specialised form of farming. SAPPO’s Portfolio Committee for Business Development, is tasked to coordinate and manage emerging farming projects countrywide. The SAPPO office can be contacted at tel no 071 685 6261 or

SAPPO’s developing programme for new producers mainly focuses on training, which takes place on developing pig units, at farmers’ days and by means of study groups among developing farmers. SAPPO wants to ensure that these farmers develop and eventually make a meaningful contribution towards commercial and sustainable pork production in South Africa.

Farmers who are on the brink of becoming commercial producers receive intensive mentorship that mainly takes place at pig units. Those already farming commercially receive regular and more focused attention. Provincial pig veterinarians, who keep a close watch on the disease status of the units, regularly visit them. SAPPO pays for these veterinarian visits.

The number of successful developing projects in North West, KwaZulu-Natal, the Western and Eastern Cape and in Gauteng proves that some developing pig farmers are already crossing the bridge from just making a living out of pigs, towards becoming commercially successful.

Baynesfield Training Academy

Baynesfield Training Academy

Baynesfield Training Academy (BTA) is a training provider that is registered as an article company, jointly run by South African Pork Producers Organisation and Baynesfield Estate. The academy is located in Pietermaritzburg in the province of KwaZulu Natal. The facility was officially opened on the 15th of June 2012, as a 100 sow unit, farrow to finish. BTA offers a two weeks pig production training that covers all the basic principles of pig production. The academy focuses on developing farmers with the aim of improving skills required for the operation of a sustainable pig enterprise. Targeted clients include emerging pig farmers, developing pig farmers, farm managers, farm personnel, agricultural students and learners and any other individual with an interest in pig farming. Click here to download detail on the courses.

Enquiries: Tel no 076 430 6899. Email:

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