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Get ready for the millennials

The millennials, born between the 1980s and the early 2000s, are more finicky consumers than any of their predecessors. Mary Shelman, director of the Agribusiness Programme at Harvard Business School in the US, spoke to Glenneis Kriel about this demanding generation’s effect on the farming sector.
‘Farmers know that land reform is a priority’

Ernest Pringle, head of Agri SA’s Development Council and outgoing president of Agri Eastern Cape, says that farmers accept land reform to be a prime concern, but judging by the national budget, government does not. He spoke to Nan Smith.
UFS lays out a plan to develop agriculture in Africa

The University of the Free State (UFS) supports the development of a long-term sustainable and profitable agricultural sector on the African continent, according to Prof Neil Heideman, dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the institution. Annelie Coleman asked him how the university has positioned itself to add value to the sector.
Agri SA equipped to help farmers face challenging future

Agriculture is key to SA’s economy and government must provide legislation to help the sector thrive. Designate CEO Omri van Zyl explains his views on the future of agriculture to Gerhard Uys.
Environmental sector needs new entrants

Dr Christo Marais, chief director of natural resource management programmes at the Department of Environmental Affairs, spoke to Roelof Bezuidenhout about challenges and opportunities in the sector.
Red meat traceability: time to beef up the system

The traceability of food products is growing in importance across the world, and the sooner South Africa’s red meat value chain grasps its value, the better, according to Prof Frikkie Neser, animal scientist at the University of the Free State. He told Annelie Coleman that a traceability system is essential to counteract the dwindling profitability of red meat production in South Africa.
Uplifting communal farmers in the Eastern Cape

Indwe Trust NPC, an NGO based in Cape Town, has initiated several social upliftment projects in the Eastern Cape. Co-founder and managing director Mpumelelo Ncwadi explained the motivation behind these ventures to Glenneis Kriel.
The restructuring of Capespan SA

Capespan SA appointed Stuart Symington as new managing director earlier this year. He previously served as CEO of the Perishable Products Export Control Board and CEO of the Fresh Fruit Exporters’ Forum. He spoke to Glenneis Kriel about the future of Capespan SA.
Government using land reform to drive socialism

Land reform is essentially about social and economic redress. But lately government has been using the process as part of a larger socialist agenda, says Johannes Möller, Agri SA president, in a frank interview with Annelie Coleman.
Banks’ multi-billion rand agri rescue plan

The Banking Association of South Africa has committed itself to an ambitious 15-year financing plan for SA agriculture. Luyolo Mkentane spoke to the association’s GM, Pierre Venter, about the options and practicalities.
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