Bayer in South Africa contributes to Agri Securitas Trust Fund

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From the left, Kobus Steenekamp, commercial and operations lead at Bayer SA; Japie Grobler, chairman of AgriSecuritas; Jesus Madrazo, head of agricultural affairs and sustainability for the crop science division of Bayer.

Bayer in South Africa will once again contribute R1 million towards the Agri Securitas Trust Fund in aid of rural security in South Africa. This was announced by Jesus Madrazo, head of agricultural affairs and sustainability for the crop science division of Bayer, during the Agri SA congress on Tuesday, 9 October 2018.

“This will be the third year that we partner with the Trust Fund as part of our ongoing commitment to the local farming community in South Africa. We are proud to collaborate with an institution such as Agri SA and the Agri Securitas Trust Fund in the protection of farming communities which includes farmers, farm managers and workers, as well as their families. We hope that our contribution will contribute to the improvement of rural security and safety.”

Speaking at the Agri SA annual congress held in Pretoria, he said that the acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer was rooted in the vision to shape the future of agriculture for farmers, people and the planet.  “You cannot build a better future for farmers by ignoring the needs of society or the health of the planet. Likewise, you cannot improve people’s lives without helping farmers produce more food in a sustainable manner,” he added.

Madrazo concluded that as the legacy, Monsanto and Bayer merges into a combined company, the agricultural sector should expect an increased commitment to partnerships on various levels and an increased focus on innovation and digital transformation for the benefit of small-holders as well as larger commercial farmers.  – Press release