Get involved and join hands to overcome the challenges. This was the plea of Francois Wilken, President of Free State Agriculture (FSA), to farmers and the sector at FSA’s annual congress of 2019.
“If we in agriculture do not realize that we have to stand together, a big surprise awaits us,” he said. “Are we going to sit back and hope someone is going to address problems on our behalf or will we constructively be part of possible solutions?”
Wilken called on farmers to reflect on their role in organized agriculture. The theme of FSA’s congress, which took place on 7 and 8 August 2019 in Bloemfontein, was What is my role as member of Free State Agriculture?
Read the full media release about FSA’s congress of 2019 here.
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For each annual congress, a congress book – which is a summary of what Free State Agriculture (FSA) was busy with the last year – is published and each attendee receives a copy. It includes messages from members of the management, reports from the different regions in the Free State and FSA’s committee reports.
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.
Various well known people such as Dr John Purchase, Chief Executive Officer of Agbiz, Theo Venter, Political Analyst at the Business School of the North-West University, Ivor Price, TV presenter, Dan Kriek, President of Agri SA, and Andries Vermeulen, storyteller, were some of the speakers.
Read the full media statement about the FSA congress for 2018 here.
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This includes speeches by Wilken, Vermeulen, Kriek, Henk Vermeulen, former Chief Executive Officer of FSA, Theo Oosthuizen, founder and director of Salvo Capital, and André Venter, former Springbok flank.