Agri SA has learned with sadness and shock of Prof Mohammad Karaan’s sudden passing due to COVID-19. We would like to express our deepest sympathy to his family, friends, colleagues, and the institutions at which he worked. May you find comfort in his legacy and humanity. He was indeed a well-loved and highly respected person.
During a recent meeting between Prof Karaan and Agri SA’s leadership, agricultural issues were discussed in detail and ideas were enthusiastically exchanged to determine the best way forward for the sector. Not only was he an expert who was highly respected both locally and internationally, but he also lived his passion for agriculture with conviction.
His contribution over many years, especially regarding his involvement with the National Planning Commission, the establishment of the Agricultural Sector Unity Forum (ASUF), the University of Stellenbosch and its Department of Agriculture, among many others, was invaluable.
The agricultural sector honours his contribution and continues his legacy. Rest in peace, Prof Karaan.
Also, we express our deepest sympathy to the families of the late former minister Gerrit van Rensburg, who represented Agri Western Cape in Agri SA’s general council, and the late Welmar Ras of the RSA Market Agency, who was also involved with Agri SA’s corporate chamber. We will cherish their memories with compassion. – Press release, Agri SA