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Starke Ayres congratulates NW young farmer of the year

Starke Ayres is proud to be associated with John Griffiths, a young farmer based in Atlanta, north of Brits.  John recently won the young North West farmer of the year award for 2016.  The award is held and adjudicated under the auspices of Agri Noord Wes.

John is a young 30 year old farmer who has been farming since 2001 with his father John senior on the farm Oubaas near Roodekoppies dam in the North West province.   Since 2014, John has gone solo and now farms on the the farm Volspoed  in the Atlanta area of North West.  John has 400 ha under irrigation and plants maize, seed maize, popcorn maize, wheat, oats, dry beans, swiss chard, cabbage and butternuts.

The vegetables produced are sold to both the hawker and fresh produce markets.  John is particulartly impressed with the Ford Hook Giant supplied by Starke Ayres which  he plants throughout the year, the variety is well-known for its excellent germination, vigorous growth and high yield.  John is a very hard working focussed grower who is meticulous with regards to the management of his farm in terms of land preparation, fertilisation, irrigation and chemical spraying.

It is refreshing to see young passionate growers like John making a contribution to South African agriculture, which in turn makes one optimistic about the future of agriculture in South Africa.

Well done John.

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