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Harvesting Strong Returns In A Sustainable Environment

Agriculture is central to fostering economic growth, reducing poverty, and improving food security in Africa. More than 70 % of the rural population depends on agriculture for their livelihoods, and regional economic growth has been constrained by poor performance in the agriculture sector. The Food Security crises in Africa can be overcome by means of increasing agricultural productivity through sustainable agricultural practices.

Who is OFD

OFD operates out of two offices, namely, George (Southern Cape) and Johannesburg, undertaking both the local and international markets. Our team has significant experience with a number of operational systems within South Africa and Internationally as reference sites.

OFD at times utilises a network of professionals, academics and suppliers to custom design your project team to ensure you get the most efficient and effective management partner.

40 Years Combined Experience

The company is managed by Philip Barnard, Wimpie Louw and Alan Naidoo with additional input and guidance given by consultants in their specialized fields. OFD Farming has over 40 years of combined experience at director / advisory level. Our company proficiency includes the integration of various fish farm solutions and a range of consulting services within the Aquaculture, Agriculture and Hydroponic Industry.

About Our Team

Philip Barnard

B.Sc M.Phil MBA

B.Sc. Honours Plant Pathology and Intensive Greenhouse Production. University of Stellenbosch (1999-2003), M.Phil. Aquaculture. University of Stellenbosch (2004-2005) M.B.A Stellenbosch Business School (2004-2005), Aquaculture Production and Management. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2005-2006), Training Programme: The establishment of International Trade Lines, Economics and Agribusiness (2006), Technical Manager – University of Stellenbosch, Trout Project (2006-2007), MD – Aquaculture Insight (Pty) Ltd (2009 -2014), MD – Organic Fish Direct (Pty) Ltd (2014 – Present).

Scientist and Technical Advisor on all Aquaculture and Hydroponics projects notably integrated fish farming solutions, tissue culture, cloning, cultivation, harvesting, extraction, processing as well as creating value-added by-products.

Wimpie Louw

B.Sc

B.Sc. Honours Aquaculture University of Stellenbosch (2009-2012), Aqua culturist for Aquaculture Insight (Pty) Ltd (2013-2014), Director- Organic Fish Direct (Pty) Ltd (2014- Present)

Scientist, System design and hands-on technical on all Aquaculture & Hydroponics projects notably in the science of integrated fish farming solutions, species selection, water quality control, breeding cycled, stock rotation, fish nutrition, production and management.