Since opening, Peritum Agri Institute has shown record growth – this as the Bloemfontein-based tertiary institution announced a 30% increase in enrolment for the national diploma in agriculture. The institute has welcomed 120 students who will be pursuing diplomas in plant or animal production.
Odette Shepperson, the marketing manager for Peritum Agri Institute, said that many young South Africans with an interest in farming forfeit the opportunity to obtain a tertiary qualification due to practical realities preventing full-time studies. “These realities include the fact that many young farmers are already farming actively, the high cost of full-time studies and boarding, entry requirements, and young farmers who prefer a practical approach rather than formal studies.”
James Faber, the chairperson of the Red Meat Producers Organisation believes that Peritum Agri Institute fills a vital void in South African agriculture. The Organisation is a key partner of Peritum.
“There are very few institutions providing tertiary education in animal production. Peritum saw an opportunity and developed a course that is specifically focused on livestock farming. I have to congratulate Peritum and thank them for starting to train livestock farmers,” said Faber.
Vamumusa Maphalala, one of the new students at the institute said that he has a passion for farming and wanted to further his studies at Peritum. “I look forward to gaining knowledge and to changing my life,” said Maphalala. Another student, Megan Byleveld, said she chose the course due to its practical nature. “I’m looking forward to the animal production practical sessions.”
Compiled by Pierce van Heerden