From left to right are Christo van der Rheede (deputy executive director of Agri SA), Omri van Zyl (executive director of Agri SA), Pierre Vercueil (deputy president of Agri SA), and Dan Kriek (president of Agri SA).

Agri SA has congratulated its board elected at the 2019 congress. The board is representative of the entire agricultural value chain, including the organisation’s provincial affiliates, commodity organisations and corporate members.

Committed to excellence

“It has been a tough year, but the agricultural sector is resilient,” said Dan Kriek, re-elected Agri SA president. “The board is familiar with the issues at hand and we are confident and committed to tackle these issues head-on.”

Kriek is a stud farmer in the Free State and has been active in Agri SA structures for several years, having served as Free State agriculture president and Agri SA deputy president. This is his third term as president.

The Agri SA 2019/20 board

Dan Kriek – president.
Pierre Vercueil – deputy president.
Phenias Gumede – deputy president.
Cornie Swart – general affairs chamber representative.
Doug Stern – general affairs chamber representative.
Francois Wilken – general affairs chamber representative.
Jaco Minnaar – commodity chamber representative.
Niël Joubert – commodity chamber representative.
SK Makinana – commodity chamber representative.
Gerhard Diedericks – corporate chamber representative.
Rossouw Cillié – corporate chamber representative.
Nic Bronkhorst – corporate chamber representative.
Dr Charlotte Nkuna – independent director.
Dr Kathy Hurley – independent director.

“The theme of the 2019 congress was Shaping the South African Agricultural Landscape in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” said Omri van Zyl, Agri SA executive director. “We had various thought-provoking speakers from Corteva AgriScience, John Deere and Stellenbosch University discussing future technologies.”

Ministers address important agricultural issues

Agri SA was honoured to have the minister of agriculture, land affairs and rural development, Thoko Didiza, and the minister of water and sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu, at the congress.

The ministers used the time to listen to various issues from the sector and promised to address them. The organisation hopes to have a fruitful engagement with the ministers and their teams in the future. – Press release, Agri SA