Ex-Umkhonto we Sizwe military veteran named Farmer of the Year

Ex-Umkhonto we Sizwe military veteran named Farmer of the Year

April Errol went from uMkhonto weSizwe combatant to hugely successful farmer and showed the rest of South Africa the potential that land has in the country. April was crowned the Farmer of the Year.

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As a former military veteran, Errol April hardly seems like the kind of person who would work so hard that he'd take a farm from debt of R2.5-million down to just R650 000. But he did.

He also pushed the farm's revenue from R2.9-million to R6.4-million and earned himself the title of Farmer of the Year.

April is living proof that South Africa's land can be sustainable and that there are endless opportunities for growth and success.

What an inspiration.

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April started his farm back in 2013, and with a fellow military veteran and friend, he started growing apples - of which he knew nothing.

Since then, April has learned and gained priceless experience and is now a supplier to TruCape.

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GoodThingsGuy reports that April initially wanted a livestock farm, but clearly, life had other plans.

Amanzi was purchased by the government in 2013 and together with mentorship from Two-a-Day, Caroline and I found ourselves as fruit farmers. We invited our nephew Jeremy April to join us in the business which he did.
At the moment we are farming 211 hectares of apples and pears which are processed through Two-a-Day and sold as Tru-Cape Fruit. We have future expansion plans and hope, by 2020, to begin eco-tourism projects on the farm.

This isn't the farmer's first award, he won the 2017 Novice Award from Hortgro, the deciduous fruit growers’ organisation as well, as reported on by Briefly.co.za.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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