Adding life was brothers Chris and Pieter Burger’s goal since the establishment of the original Vetrivier Boeredienste in the Hoopstad district in the Free State. After completing their studies at the Potchefstroom Agricultural College the brothers set out realising their dream of helping farmers with products required to achieve success.
Following the tragic loss of his brother in 1999, Pieter kept his brother’s memory alive by continuing to add life – also to the company. After identifying a need for prescription fertiliser mixtures, Pieter began buying the raw elements required to prepare fertiliser according to each farmer’s unique soil needs. Today the company is known as Westfert, and there are more plans to add life to this remarkable agricultural service provider. Westfert’s new Hoopstad mixing plant will increase the company’s capacity and provide storage facilities to farmers. The plant will also create job opportunities, which will add life to the local community.
Westfert works with independent soil experts at SGS Nvirocrop as part of the preparation of products for each client’s unique requirements. To be alive also means to be able to adapt, and Westfert is proud of its capacity for innovation and the ability to provide new solutions for each challenge. Westfert is not a fertiliser supplier, but rather a problem-solver that takes calculated risks to unlock potential. Our focus is on what happens beneath the surface of the soil. The life that is added to the roots determines the success of the fruit, or in this case the abundance of the harvest.
As with its products, Westfert’s philosophy is also a unique mix of traditional values, a conservative approach of respect towards others and at the same time the latest technical developments in the fertiliser industry.
Both life and agriculture are aimed at the future. This not only applies to the practical labour and decision-making required for successful farming but also to the families and communities involved. Westfert adds life to soil and crops, but the company also adds this passion for growth and sustainability to its relationship with clients. Developing and maintaining a relationship requires the same commitment and skill as the technical processes for the development of a fertiliser solution.
The same approach is followed when Westfert adds life to the communities in which the company is involved. Ploughing back means investing in the youth and schools for a new generation to grow in the fertile soil required for success.
By adding life at the beginning of the cycle, Westfert is able to influence the yield of your harvest. In turn, this harvest feeds the community, which enables Westfert to grow further. Adding life means feeding the cycle of life.
Westfert’s committed and motivated team is focused on providing you with the advice, solutions and products you require to be prosperous and to establish a long-term business relationship based on respect, trust and integrity.
With Westfert’s prescription mixtures, our technical and sales team formulates Westfert products that are cost-effective and deliver optimal yield.