Sasfox is a fully-fledged online small farmers’ exchange portal covering the whole of southern Africa.
The name of the site is officially the Southern African Small Farmers’ Online Exchange, shortened to, we think, the quite snappy www.sasfox.co.za.
It is an online shop where smallholders are able to:
• Sell their unwanted, surplus and used farm equipment and livestock of every kind;
• Buy the equipment, livestock and inputs they need;
• Swop unwanted stuff for stuff they want ~ there are very few restrictions;
• Sell surplus produce.
While the first three categories are simply another online classified portal specialising in the needs of small farmers (think of them as Gumtree for maplotters), it is the last category which is new, and which gets our motors revving.
That’s because it is the first national attempt at putting small food growers in touch, in a simple and instant way, with potential buyers.
And it’s aimed at YOU, the average Smallholder reader, as much as it is aimed at commercial small farmers. Thus, if you are growing vegetables for the family table, or enjoy bountiful fruit from your trees, you will now have the ability to sell the few extra bunches of spinach, or extra pumpkins or cabbages that would otherwise have gone to waste, or which you would have foisted onto townie friends.
For here in the ether of the internet you will find (because they will appear when they see how the system works) people in your area who will respond to your ad, pick up your surplus and pay for it.
What this means is that you ~ the grower ~ can concentrate on growing, even expanding, your plantings, while knowing that your produce will be sold and used.
Oh, and all of this is free. Completely. To you the seller and you the buyer. No charge.
No strings attached. No hassle.
To place your ad you will simply fill in an on-line form describing the product, giving (if you wish) the price, your general location, and either your telephone number or email address, or both. Hitting the submit button will send your ad to our team who will moderate it edit if necessary, and within a few minutes it will be live on the site, to be seen by anybody with an interest throughout southern Africa.
Oh, and all of this will be possible on your cell phone as well.