ENTRIES for the 2016 Toyota Young Farmer of the Year competition have officially opened and KZN's Agricultural Union, Kwanalu, is searching for an outstanding candidate to once again, do KZN proud. In 2015, KZN provincial winner, 34-year-old Anthony Goble, a sugar-cane, banana and macadamia nut farmer from Tongaat, beat contestants from all over the country to become the Agri SA-Toyota SA Young Farmer of the Year, a first for the province. This year's competition in October in Pretoria, will see the most promising young farmers from all nine provinces compete for the title. The winner will drive away in a new Toyota Hilux Single Cab, among other prizes. Young farmers, under the age of 35, whether owners or partners in a farm, male or female and are full members of their provinces agricultural union are eligible to enter. 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 and/or business. Judges, who visit the farmers during the selection process also look at all facets of the 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 29 July. For more information and to enter now, visit www.kwanalu.co. za or call 033 342 9393.