First woman on Agri-Expo honour roll

Rina Belcher of Belnori Boutique Cheesery in Bapsfontein is the first woman whose name will be added to the list of industry stalwarts on the Agri-Expo Honorary Roll.

From left: Johan Ehlers, CEO of Agri-Expo, Rina Belcher and Kobus Mulder, International Cheese Expert.
Photo: Courtesy of Agri-Expo

She was recently honoured by Agri-Expo for her consistent and dynamic leadership in the dairy industry at the Qualité Awards Dinner held in Cape Town.

Belcher is a master at the art of making cheese and her numerous awards and accolades are testimony to this. Under her leadership, Belnori Boutique Cheesery received 11 international and 40 national awards, including the 2016 Qualité award for Belnori’s Benedictus cheese.

Belcher is a founding member of the South African Goat and Sheep Milk Processors’ Organisation and has been the chairperson until recently.

She is also the chairperson of the Milk Producers’ Organisation in Gauteng and founder member of the Small Stock  Dairy Association, an organisation that assists new entrants to the industry via social media platforms.

Since the decision to develop the Agri-Expo roll of honour in 1992, only eight individuals have beed added in the past 25 years.

“This indicates the extremely high requirements of the nominations,” said Johan Ehlers, CEO of Agri-Expo.