Tshakhuma Barotta UIGC Farm is known as one of the largest reputable farms in Levubu, Limpopo Province, South Africa and is one of 25 farms, which were restituted by the government to the Tshakhuma community in 2005.
Tshakhuma Barotta Farm UIGC Farm was previously named Barotta Farm. The new name was launched in 2016, with 49 full-time employees, through the partnership of Tshakhuma Community Farms and the reputable UIGC. The Farm operated from 2005 under the Barotta Farm and collapsed in 2015, due to lack of finance and Farm management Skills. The state of the farm resulted in a significant negative impact on the community of Tshakhuma as they mostly relied on the farm for jobs in order to feed their families.
The partnership improved production of the farm and infrastructure. The farm is currently producing high yields of good quality crops. Furthermore, the colllaboration did not only benefit the farm, it also empowered the community of Tshakhuma through job creation and provision of farming skills to employees through training. The skills provided enable them to practice agriculture in their gardens in order to ensure food security and alleviate poverty in the community.
The collaboration also benefit the university of venda through training that is provided to students. The farm offers 6 months of work-integrated learning to the students of Agriculture who are in their final year of study.
Tshakhuma Barotta UIGC Farm has two Managers and three technicians and 44 permanent farm workers who are distributed throughout the farm. Most of the operations carried out on the farm, such as harvesting weeding, fertilising and chemical application are labour intensive. Due to this, the farm goes to the extent of employing about 40 temporary workers from February to April every year, as these are the farms most demanding months in which all farm produce are ready for sale.
Tshakhuma Barotta Farm has adopted a collaborative marketing strategy, which has yielded suitable economic benefits for the farm and its partners. Consequently, the farm has partnered with processing companies, retailers and fresh produce markets in the Vhembe District and outside the district to supply, distribute and sell their produce. Currently, bananas are in high demand by their clients. They supply the bananas to the Department of Education as part of the school nutrition programme. Some of the bananas are supplied to the Johannesburg market. Macadamia nuts are being sold to processing companies that deal with the production of cooking oil. Avocados are sold to fresh produce markets.