FSA makes statement

6 September 2018

 

“Free State Agriculture (FSA) wants to make it clear that as a result of discussions our members and the future of agriculture are our highest priority. It is also important that all role players in agriculture keep talking about the industry challenges, because this challenge is now greater than any individual or organization,” said Francois Wilken, President of FSA.

This is also why FSA’s Executive Management had a special meeting in Bloemfontein on 4 September 2018, which included an open and straightforward discussions with the leaders of Agri SA. According to Wilken, bottlenecks, uncertainties and constructive participation in the agricultural process were discussed with Dan Kriek, President of Agri SA, and Omri van Zyl, Executive Officer of Agri SA, as well as the concerns of FSA members.

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FSA addresses land issue at annual congress

Francois Wilken. Photo: Conrad Bornman / Mediaboer

17 August 2018

 

A watershed congress. Probably the most important in the history of agriculture in South Africa and the Free State. That is how Francois Wilken, President of Free State Agriculture (FSA), described his organization’s annual congress.

According to Wilken, “there is nowhere in the world where farmers have to farm under the same pressures as South African farmers”.

More than 250 guests attended the congress, where land expropriation without compensation was high on the agenda, on 15 and 16 August 2018 in Bloemfontein. The theme was Back to Our Members and farmers had the opportunity to share and debate their concerns with FSA.

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Land used to shift focus, says Wilken

6 August 2018

 

With its late night announcement last week that the Constitution will be changed, the ANC pushed the land debate beyond the point of reason. It becomes clearer that it is a power struggle within the ANC that divides the party and land is used to shift the focus. This is according to Francois Wilken, President of Free State Agriculture (FSA).

“People are deprived on municipal level by poor management and service delivery, which drives emotions and makes meaningful solution-driven conversation virtually impossible.”

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FSA warns against fraud of so-called “police officers”

23 July 2018

So-called “police officers” calling farmers about their stolen livestock and property which has been recovered are still operating in the Free State. According to Dr Jane Buys, Security and Risk Analyst at Free State Agriculture (FSA), there are 17 towns or areas in the province that since the start of this year fell victim to this. They are Bethulie, Bloemfontein, Brandfort, Clarens, Cornelia, Dealesville, Dewetsdorp, Glen, Heilbron, Hennenman, Koffiefontein, Rosendal, Springfontein, Theunissen, Viljoenskroon, Virginia and Winburg.

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Public hearings on amendment of Article 25 of Constitution

2 July 2018

Free State Agriculture (FSA) represents its members at the public hearings in the Free State, Botshabelo (2 July), Welkom (3 July) and Phuthaditjhaba (4 July), on the amendment of Article 25 of the Constitution and expresses its position at the hearings. It has also sent a submission, before the deadline of 15 June 2018, to the Constitutional Review Committee.

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FSA requests special unit after double farm murder in Van Stadensrus

27 June 2018

Bigger government intervention is needed and a special unit of the South African Police Service (SAPS) must be established to investigate farm murders nationally to see if it is organized or not.

This is according to Tommie Esterhuyse, Vice President of Free State Agriculture (FSA), after a senseless double farm murder, which brought the number of farm murders in the Free State to five this year, on 25 June 2018 on an elderly couple from Van Stadensrus.

FSA expresses its sympathy towards the family of Choppie Bruwer (78) and his wife, Marian, (68) who has been murdered and condemn any form of farm attacks and crimes.

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FSA urges farmers to be involved in safety structures

18 June 2018

Free State Agriculture (FSA) expresses its heartfelt condolences to the family of Klaus Meier, of the farm Asgard near Ladybrand, who was murdered. FSA condemns any kind of farm attacks and crimes and strongly opposes what happened to Meier.

Gerhard Kriel, Chief Executive Officer of FSA, called on his organization's members and farmers in the Free State to be involved in organized agriculture.

“Free State Agriculture condemns the senseless violence committed against farmers and asks the agricultural community to be actively involved in the structures of organized agriculture,” he said. “This includes the active application of the Rural Safety Plan and also support networks of surrounding farmers in the area, such as your neighbours.”

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Mobile application's many features enhance safety

11 May 2018

 

More accurate statistics, quicker response time after threats and the monitoring of crime in your area.

These are some the features that a new security application, called Die Plaaswag which was introduced by Free State Agriculture (FSA), offers users.

According to Gerhard Kriel, Chief Executive Officer of FSA, the application or app has a panic button and will help FSA members, farmers and the public to improve safety.

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‘Oom Lullu’ devoted his life to agriculture

From left are, Dr Jack Armour, Operations Manager at Free State Agriculture (FSA), Lullu de Jager, former General Manager of FSA, Hettie, De Jager’s wife, Boet Wilken, Chairman of the FSA Young Farmer Committee, and Johann van Graan, Manager: Finance and Administration at FSA, at the recent Young Farmer Conference. Photo: 3'kie's Photography

 

8 May 2018

“It is with sadness that we received the news of oom Lullu de Jager’s death. He was a legendary figure in agriculture and the man who started the Free State Agriculture (FSA) Young Farmer Committee.”

That is according to Gerhard Kriel, Chief Executive Officer of FSA, after De Jager (79) passed away on 8 May 2018.

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Golf day money addresses agricultural safety through VKB FSA desk

 

20 April 2018

In 2018 six farm attacks have already been prevented in the Free State thanks to good cooperation between the South African Police Service (SAPS) and rural communities. This is according to the VKB FSA Safety Desk and emphasises the role it plays in promoting rural safety.

Safety is a major challenge for the agricultural sector and the desk improves it on an internal and external level to benefit farmers.

Therefore the contribution made by VKB as a partner of Free State Agriculture (FSA) is very important to provide a service to FSA members. This agricultural company annually hosts a VKB Farm Safety Golf Day in Clarens to raise funds for this purpose.

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