2018 KZN Young Farmer of the Year search

2018-05-09 06:01

KWAZULU-NATAL Agricultural Union, Kwanalu, has launched for a farmer under 40-years-old to represent the province at the national competition, to be held in October in Pretoria.

Nine provinces compete for the coveted title, currently held by Northern Cape farmer Jaco Strauss, and drive away in a brand new Toyota Hilux single cab vehicle.

Young farmers, under the age of 40, whether they are owners or partners in a farm, male or female and full members of their provinces’ agricultural unions are eligible for entry.

The judging and evaluation of the farmers and their agricultural practices, takes place at provincial level with the applicants being evaluated on all aspects of their business including their overall vision for the future of their farm/business.

The main feature on which the entrants are judged is their management/business philosophy as well as the technical competence with which this philosophy is applied.

Judges, who visit the farmers on their farms during the selection process, consider all facets of the farmers’ business from financing, budgets, investment policy, to the technical aspects 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.

Entries for the KZN Young Farmer of the Year competition close on July 31, 2018.

For more information and to enter now, visit the website at:
www.kwanalu.co.za or call 033 342 9393.

— Issued: UrbanHouse Media

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