Marizka Coetzer
2 minute read
11 Jun 2022
4:15 am

South Africa ‘desperately’ needs young farmers for progress

Marizka Coetzer

Van Zyl said South Africa had enough problems as it is, without worrying about food security.

Heinrich and Alicia Roos at the Jong Boer conference held at the Voortrekker Mounement in Pretoria, 10 June 2022. Picture: Jacques Nelles

There is still a group of optimistic farmers who have hopes for the future, despite the country’s challenges. Transvaal Landbou Unie (TLU) hosted a young farmer conference at the Voortrekker Monument that saw young and old farmers get together to talk about the future of farming in South Africa. Various speakers talked about the growth in the farming sector in terms of planting sustainability, new technology and methods and planning for the future. TLU SA Young Farmers committee chair Henna du Plessis said it was clear South Africa desperately needed young farmers for progress. “South Africa cannot exist without young...