Drought survey: Severe crisis conditions in rural areas

25 January 2019

 

Food security is a hard-won privilege and can easily be lost due to the persistent drought. Agri SA will rally all stakeholders to support farmers and farm workers in drought afflicted areas. Rising food prices, malnutrition and food-inequality will be our future if nothing is done. Commodity organisations are very concerned about the impact on commodity prices and how that will translate to farmers and consumers. 

Agri SA conducted a survey in December 2018 among our members to accurately assess the impact of the drought on farming and job creation.

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FSA in search of 24th Young Farmer of the Year


Nelius Ferreira, Free State Agriculture's Young Farmer of the Year for 2018. Photo: 3'kie's Photography

There are many other brilliant young farmers, who are better producers than him, who have to take over the reins and help build the image of agriculture in South Africa. This is according to Nelius Ferreira, Free State Agriculture (FSA) Young Farmer of the Year for 2018.

The Bonsmara farmer from Harrismith says it is interaction with other young farmers such as his co-finalists of last year, Hendrik Theron, Reece Dedwith and Wessel Hattingh, that gives him hope for agriculture in South Africa.

FSA is looking for its 24th winner of the prestigious competition. It was held in 1996 for the first time. The organisation appeals to all young farmers, their friends and family to make sure the best candidates are finalists this year. Entries close on 31 January 2019.

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