Young Farmer of the Year search is on

2015-06-17 06:00

THE search is on for the 2015 Toyota SA/ Agri-SA National Young Farmer of the Year and KZNand#039;s Agricultural Union, Kwanalu, is calling on young farmers in the province to enter. It could be that KZN brings home the 2015 Young Farmer of the Year title.

All agricultural unions will enter this yearand#039;s competition to take place in October in Pretoria.

Farmers, under the age of 35, who are owners or partners in a farm, male or female­ and full members of their province’s agricultural union are legible to enter.

Judging and evaluation of the farmers and their agricultural practices, takes place at provincial level with applicants being evaluated on all aspects of their business, including their overall vision for the future of their farm. The main features on which young farmers are judged is their management and/or business philosophy as well as the technical competence .

Judges visiting farms during the selection process also look at all facets of the farmer’sand#039; business from financing, budgets, investment policy, to the technical aspect of livestock breeding systems, disease control, pasture systems and plans, to the fertilisation, weed control and cultivation practices of crops and orchards.

Labour philosophy and housing, attitude, and reaction towards land reform and black economic empowerment as well as personnel­ practices, involvement in organised agriculture and the community, and even layout and appearance of the farm and farmyard are all areas in which the potential future Young Farmer of the Year is judged.

Although the size of the farmerand#039;s enterprise is taken into account, judging is based on excellence with regards to how the young farmer executes his day-to-day business practices - no matter how big or small the farm.

and#034;We encourage all our young members not to underestimate themselves and to enter this competition recognising the great skill and entrepreneurial spirit required to be a successful farmer. Our farmers in KZN would bring to the 2015 Toyota SA/ Agri-SA National Young Farmer of the Year competition a diverse and interesting dynamic which we at Kwanalu are proud to represent,and#034; said Sandy La Marque, Kwanalu CEO.

For further information on the 2015 Toyota SA/ Agri-SA National Young Farmer of the Year competition visit www.kwanalu.co.za or call 033 342 9393.

Entries for the KZN Young Farmer of the Year competition close on 8 August, so enter now. - Supplied.

We encourage all our young members not to underestimate themselves and to enter this competition’

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