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.
“He made a huge impact and devoted his life to agriculture. We will miss him dearly.”
De Jager, who was General Manager of FSA from 1984 to 1999, was hospitalized after having undergone emergency surgery on the brain on 15 April 2018. He also suffered from cancer the past few years.
“What made oom Lullu special was his absolute commitment to giving young people in the organization (FSA) a chance and a place to develop,” said Dan Kriek, President of Agri SA and former President of FSA.
“He did this through the Young Farmer committee, but he took it beyond that. He gave younger farmers a similar place as the seniors. He gave them relevance and opportunities.”
Even though he was retired, De Jager was still involved in agriculture. Despite his illness, he for instance attended the FSA Young Farmer Conference, with the theme Joint Farming, in Bloemfontein on 12 April 2018.
He was also the driving force behind FSA's memorial book, which was published with the organization's 100th anniversary. It was launched in 2004 at the FSA's annual congress at the start of the centenary celebrations.
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