December 2013: Pole Planting Invention

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To dig a hole for an anchor pole in the coffee soil, takes two men about 15 minutes. Read this sentence again – 15 minutes, 2 men, one hole for one pole.

This takes far too long and it’s not making economical use of labour. So winemaker Conrad and farm manager Tienie came up with a plan.  They want a Pole Planting Invention.

They designed a machine of sorts that uses a tractor with an hydraulic arm – now it takes 5 minutes to dig the same hole. This is what we call innovative and economical management.

Hats off to this clever patent idea from these two men.

Post compiled by Ilse Zeitsman and Sharon Brink