Through the launch of Verso Agri Consult earlier this year, Verso pro-actively expanded into the agricultural development sector to contribute to the innovative initiatives in farming and by-product expansion.
Food sources have become one of the most important issues of our time. The World Bank has estimated that the agri-business market in Africa will reach $1 trillion (being three times the current market) by 2030. New technologies in the agricultural sector are paving the way for innovative solutions to the environmental challenges faced.
The core purpose of Verso Agri Consult is to identify new farming techniques that will be sustainable in today’s changing environment. The approach of the Verso Agri Consult team is to assist farmers in the Southern African region to adapt their crops to suit the changing environment.
Verso Agri Consult managing director, Jorrie Mulder, understands the issues farmers are faced with, and is implementing novel practices to assist farmers. “Climate change is affecting many areas of farming and as such all crop types are being affected.“ We cannot use the same approach as we have done in the past because the conditions simply are no longer the same,” explains Jorrie.
Jorrie has more than 15 years’ experience working with various types of produce and has seen first-hand the major problems faced by South African farmers. This is what has led him to develop new solutions for tackling these concerns. “The company is solution driven, so when a client comes to us our main focus is to find the best possible solution for their business” adds Jorrie.
Verso Agri Consult services clients across the industry. This includes sourcing produce for supermarket retailers, assisting farmers to plan and to setup new crops (be they small or large). The company is also lending its input to the rapidly expanding business of by-product development, which extends the use of produce to creating oils, creams and environmental household products.
– by Wouter Hugo
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