Shap­ing the fu­ture of agriculture

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Larry Bent­ley

IN a cel­e­bra­tion of an­other suc­cess­ful year, agri­cul­tural stu­dents, in­dus­try lead­ers, farmers and agri-busi­nesses came to­gether last Fri­day at Cedara Agri­cul­tural Col­lege for the an­nual Fu­ture Farmers Day event to pay trib­ute to the achieve­ments of the Fu­ture Farmers Foun­da­tion’s cur­rent and past grad­u­ates.

Fu­ture Farmers, the brain­child of How­ick dairy farmer Judy Stu­art, is a unique so­cial pro­gramme aimed at cul­ti­vat­ing the skills and pas­sion for farm­ing among young as­pir­ing farmers be­tween the ages of 18 and 30.

The pro­gramme of­fers them real job ex­pe­ri­ences in an agri­cul­tural field of their choice, where they can ‘learn as they earn’ by find­ing ap­pren­tice po­si­tions on lo­cal and then later, in­ter­na­tional farms, re­turn­ing home to South Africa with new ex­per­tise.

With many suc­cess­ful place­ments of ea­ger young

South African farmers on farms in New Zealand, Aus­tralia, Amer­ica and Den­mark, Fu­ture Farmers has be­come a recog­nised role player with many ‘past’ Fu­ture Farmer stu­dents not only work­ing suc­cess­fully on, but also man­ag­ing, large com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions in the prov­ince.

Sanelisiwe Ngubane from Dundee (far right) receives the Mdu Ma­jola Me­mo­rial Tro­phy as Fu­ture Farmer Grad­u­ate of the Year from Kwanalu CEO Sandy la Mar­que (left) with fel­low Fu­ture Farmer grad­u­ates Nt­sikelelo Baleni from Umz­imkulu and Lihle Ndlovu from...

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