TLU SA announced the top three finalists in the TLU SA Young Farmer of the Year Competition 2020. The winner will be announced on 23 November in Pretoria.

“It seems that the entries we receive get better every year,” says Henry Geldenhuys, president of TLU SA. “Even though we are excited to know that the future of agriculture lies in these very capable hands, the judges found it very difficult to pick a winner!”

The prize for first place includes an overseas trip to the Manitou factory in France, R25 000 in cash from Santam, and R10 000 in cash from CMH Kempster Ford Hatfield. The runner-up will receive R15 000 and the third-place winner will receive R10 000 from Santam.

“We are thankful to the sponsors who agreed to strengthen the future of agriculture in South Africa, by investing in our young farmers,” says Geldenhuys. “It is very important to create hope for the future throughout the value chain.”

Meet the finalists

Below is a summary of the finalists of the TLU SA Young Farmer of the Year Competition and the type of farming enterprise they run:

  • CT van der Merwe (35) from Dendron in Limpopo. CT has been part of the Al3 Boerdery for 13 years. The enterprise produces potatoes, butternuts, onions, cattle and recently added dragon fruit to their range of products.
  • Danie Bester (35) from Balfour in Mpumalanga has been farming for 17 years. He has been growing maize and soya beans on Rietbult for the past twelve years.
  • Janis Terblanche (32) from Marble Hall in Limpopo has been farming for the past ten years. He bought his farm six years ago and produces grapes. – Press release, TLU SA