Future Farmer’s Foundation

2017-01-18 06:01

UMVOTI Agricultural Society members recently met with the founder of the Future Farmer’s Foundation, Judy Stuart, to discuss the possibility of investing some UAS Bursary funds into the Future Farmer’s Foundation to sponsor a candidate from Umvoti
The foundation was started when Judy Stuart, who was working with emerging farmers, found that many of them lacked the skills required to become successful commercial farmers.
Stuart decided to focus on young people and developed a programme that is now producing some great young farmers for South Africa. She said this is a project about qualifying young men and women by creating opportunities for them to become competent and valuable commercial farm managers and successful farmers in their own right.

Interested candidates (school leavers unable to attend universities), should send their CVs through, following which they will be interviewed to be assess whether they will be suitable for the programme. In all cases the students selected must be passionate about farming and have an excellent work ethic and sense of responsibility.
The apprentices are placed on farms where they gain experience, starting from the bottom and learning a large variety of skills, and after a year or two of practical experience, apprentices who excel in their work can be selected to do a years’ internship overseas via grant funding provided by the Future Farmer’s Foundation.
The first student was sent abroad in 2007, and there is now a formal entity dedicated to providing platforms from which young men and women, who are passionate about agriculture and farming in general, can become successful commercial farm managers or farmers in their own right.
Once they have returned from overseas (after a year) most of the interns find management positions and many return to the farms they did their initial training on.

Umvoti Agricultural Society has requested that its funds donated will be used to sponsor a candidate from Umvoti who will be placed in this programme.
UAS also encourages local commercial farmers to consider having an intern on their farm for mentorship/training to increase the number of suitable qualified students. For more information, email uas@umvoti.co.za

The website for more information is www.futurefarmersfoundation.com

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