This week Agri SA offers a leadership development programme aimed at new entrants to and mentors in agriculture. Twenty people from various regions and commodity branches will participate. The programme is presented with the financial support of AgriSETA, while the University of Pretoria is the service provider.
“To farm is to manage a business. No farmer can be successful unless he can also manage the resources of the business successfully,” said Agri SA Executive Director Hans van der Merwe at the opening of the training session. The training is intended to equip the participants with skills to be able to operate successful agricultural enterprises within a competitive environment.
Aspects such as entrepreneurship in the agricultural sector and the South African environment, the difference between an entrepreneur and a small-business owner as well as the environment of small-, micro- and medium-business owners are dealt with in the programme. In-depth attention is also given to the management of financial and human resources. Challenges faced by farmers on a daily basis, such as product marketing, risk management, drafting of business plans, etc. are also dealt with.
“The availability of skills to manage a business will determine the success of a business. The respective commodity organisations which nominated the participants, provide technical skills that will equip farmers to become even more successful in the business of farming,” said Van der Merwe. Agri SA hopes that farmers who complete this training successfully will in future also be able to attend the more advanced agricultural leadership development training offered by AgriSETA.