Earlier this month, agricultural leaders from the KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union (Kwanalu) and Agri SA (national level) travelled around the province meeting farmers as part of the Kwanalu 2019 Roadshow.
The roadshow presented the opportunity for farmers, at grassroots level, to meet and engage with SA’s agricultural leaders one-on-one about the state of the sector and the vital role organised agriculture plays in shaping the future of the industry.
Centres of excellence
Heads of Agri SA’s Centres of Excellence, namely Land, Economics and Trade, Labour and Development, Natural Resources and Rural Safety, together with President of Agri SA, Dan Kriek, presented to farmers in six meetings held in Pongola, Dundee, Gingindlovu, Pietermaritzburg, Swartberg and Paddock over three days in June.
“Agri SA, together with our provincial arm, Kwanalu, is an organisation with impact. Our Centres of Excellence are headed up by industry experts who work tirelessly at the government level on behalf of farmers. I encourage you not to become distracted by the politics of the day and on negative rhetoric, but rather to do what farmers do best, and that is to farm,” Kriek told farmers.
President of Kwanalu, Andy Buchan, called on all farmers to step up and get involved in organised agriculture.
“The value of organisations like Kwanalu and Agri SA lies in the involvement of farmers throughout the structures. Coupled together with the industry experts at Agri SA and Kwanalu level, the future of the sector is in the best possible hands,” he said.