Agra ProVision Courses - An Overview

Agra ProVision is a competent agribusiness advisory service that provides professional industry related information and consultancy to Namibian producers and related organisations. Agra ProVision offers 7 intensive training courses all year round, which are easily available to all interested people in the country; from communal farmers to commercial farmers. Upcoming livestock farmers are also urged to attend the different training courses to better understand the practice they are in. ProVision teaches students as young as 17 and as old as 65. Anyone with an interest in agriculture is welcome to attend. Due to the co-financing of the DEG (Deutsche Investitions – und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH), since September 2017, participants get a special discount on the training courses. The course fee includes training material, food and a certificate once the course has been completed.


Here is an overview of all the courses:


Rangeland Management: presented by Bertus Kruger who is a Technical Advisor for Rangeland Management at Agra ProVision. He boasts 36 years working experience in various aspects of natural resource management including research, extension, training management and consultancy in
rangeland management aspects.


The course outcomes will help the participants understand grass, how it grows and how it responds to drought and utilisation impacts. It will help them understand rangeland condition and how to monitor changes over time. Participants will know how to determine fodder availability and adjusting livestock
numbers to available fodder resources and to develop their own rangeland management
plan making provision for adequate utilisation and recovery periods.


Applied Animal Health training courses: presented by Dr Rainer Hassel who has 40 years of relevant experience as a veterinarian. He retired from Agra in July 2017 and has been subcontracted by ProVision ever since. Participants are taught on maintaining livestock health; dosage of animal health remedies; equipment required for application of animal health remedies; internal and external parasites and remedies to control infectious diseases. They are also taught on the prudent use of antibiotics, immunology and vaccines.


Participants learn how to identify chemical and plant poisonings, the prudent use of vitamins, metabolic stimulants and mineral supplements and the basic principles of animal health programmes. Since September 2017, a practical demonstration of application of veterinary medicines and basic post mortem procedures have been included into the training course.


Basic Farm Management training course: offered by Michael Degé. ProVision’s Technical Advisor for Capacity Building.


ProVision’s introduction to farm management course teachers farmers and future farmers basic financial management skills, e.g. how to create and follow a business plan and how to create activity lists for each discipline on the farm.


These include; Vision, mission, goals and objectives for the farm. Basic livestock husbandry programme with input and output costs for business plan. It also includes the impact of proper rangeland management, diversification, infrastructure costs, labour requirement and the importance of recordkeeping. There is one full session devoted to Microsoft Excel to prepare cash flow projections and other financial statements. The participants will prepare a draft business plan as outcome for the training during the training sessions, only then will they receive a certificate. Licks and Feeds training course helps farmers adapt their licks and feed supplementation programme to optimise their livestock production for the green season. The facilitator helps the participants understand the nutrient requirements of livestock: minerals, proteins and energy; the digestive system of ruminants; the forage requirements of livestock and how grass serves as a nutrient for cattle and sheep; introduction into soil types of Namibia and impact on nutrients. It also includes different lick categories and main ingredients in licks; a lick supplementation programme and the calculating of nutrient requirements based on the number of ruminants and using product guides to prescribe the correct licks and feeds based on a specific area and specific season.


The Farm Infrastructure training course is presented by Frank Wittneben who is a Technical Advisor in Livestock Production at Agra ProVision. Solid infrastructure forms the backbone of the Namibian agriculture industry and is especially critical to continued growth in the production capacity of farms. The participants are taught on the necessity of maintaining farm infrastructure; the different types of water infrastructure that exist; how to maintain the water infrastructure on the farm and the different types of fences for different purposes. The facilitator also teaches the participants on kraals and handling facilities; maintaining farm roads for smooth access to markets; controlling erosion on the farm; using natural resources on the farm to make their own droppers and poles; basic fire fighting equipment and the importance of basic tools on a farm.


The Animal Husbandry training course is presented by Agra ProVision’s Frank Wittneben and Mr Wolfie von Wielligh who has been subcontracted to facilitate our animal husbandry course.
Animal husbandry forms an integral part of livestock farming. Certain activities need to be performed on a regular basis so that productivity can be increased. Participants receive hands on training
including brief theory sessions on the basics of dehorning; castration; feeding and nutrition;
grazing; vaccination and vitamin injections for small and large stock. They also attend
a practical session where they are shown how to apply the techniques with special emphasis on dehorning, castration, animal handling and injecting livestock.


The Livestock Production training course is presented by Wolfie von Wielligh and
Frank Wittneben. Participants are taught over a period of five days. There is a 1 day session on the basics of animal nutrition: licks and feeds and grazing and a 2 day session on the basics of keeping
your livestock healthy: vaccinations; mineral supplements; disease control; parasite control and a 2 day session on animal husbandry which includes dehorning and castration.


On the final day participants are shown how to apply the techniques with special emphasis on dehorning, castration, animal handling and injecting livestock.


Our latest training course is the Basics of Commercial Small Stock Production which will be presented by Wessel Visser and Jaco van Zyl. Participants will be taught on breeding; selection; nutrition; animal health; a marketing plan; Swakara production; record keeping and a practical demonstration on the final day.



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