Agri EC
A formidable team at the helm of Agri Eastern Cape: Jason Kümm (manager of Rural Safety and Communications), Brent McNamara (CEO), Peter Cloeté (president), Günther Pretorius (manager: Natural Resources, Economy and Rural Development) and Eben du Plessis (deputy president).

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The Gift of the Givers Foundation‘s Dr Imtiaaz Sooliman was the keynote speaker at this year’s Agri Eastern Cape conference in Jeffreys Bay. The two-day event also featured a series of dialogues and the re-election of Peter Cloete as president and Eben du Plessis as deputy president of the organisation.

During the event, several important changes were discussed. A major change in the organisation was the official adoption of the new memorandum of incorporation (MOI) and its registration as a non-profit company. The first elected board of directors will serve for at least one year.

The new MOI allows Agri Eastern Cape’s corporate members to form their own chamber within the organisation. This chamber is a valuable platform for the corporate entities that serve the agricultural sector to discuss important issues and bring them to the attention of the Agri Eastern Cape board of directors through their chairperson, who is also a board member.

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Awards dinner highlight

The prestigious Agri Eastern Cape Toyota SA Young Farmer of the Year award was announced at an awards dinner. This year, the winner was Dian Landman, a dairy producer from Tsitsikamma. The award was decided by the organisation’s newly formed young producer committee, which aims to involve young producers in organised agriculture and create opportunities for them to exchange information and stay updated on new developments in the sector.

Dian Landman, a dairy farmer in Tsitsikamma, is this year’s Agri Eastern Cape Toyota SA Young Farmer of the Year. With him on the photo is Annalie Lerm from Toyota.

New security developments

Agri SA and Agri Securitas donated approximately half a million rand to several agricultural associations, including Agri Eastern Cape and its members, to help improve their security measures. The money was used to install CCTV cameras to combat crime in rural communities. – Carin Venter, Plaas Media

Peter Cloeté was once again elected as Agri Eastern Cape’s president. Aside from filling this leadership position in organised agriculture, he also farms in Dordrecht.