Shaping the future of agriculture
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...