First public display of Haraka planter

The Haraka manually operated no-till rotary punch planter for women made its debut at the conference amongst an array of other smallholder and commercial farming no-till equipment on display. The Haraka planter came about by KEL Growing Nations Trust (Growing Nations) being a Grand Challenge Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to conduct an agricultural development project. Developed by Rev. August Basson, founder of Growing Nations, in collaboration with Adrian Jacobs, an agricultural engineering consultant, the planter is designed to plant maize and other crops, be user friendly, inexpensive, fast working and women friendly, both physically and culturally.


The Haraka planter complies with Conservation Agricultural (CA) principles, which Growing Nations believe are key to the development of sustainable agriculture in Southern Africa. Initial testing will be carried out on the Growing Nations demonstration farm at Maphutseng, Lesotho and in a variety of locations across Southern Africa to assess its suitability for use in different soil and climatic conditions.


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Rev. August Basson walking besides the Haraka planter being operated by Adriaan Jacobs.