Agriculturist of the Year

Agriculturist of the Year

The evaluation for Agriculturist of the year is mainly about the essence, principles, value systems and life ethics of the candidate as well as his/her achievements, the value of his/ her work to the agricultural sector and the candidate’s local and international status.

The main factors used for adjudication are:

  • A full description of the nominee and his/her work environment during his/her career, with emphasis on qualifications and the fields of his/her expertise.
  • Value to the farmer and agriculture – here a full description on the manner in which he/she shares his/ her knowledge with the farmers answering the following question:
  • How does this knowledge precipitate in a practical way?
  • How valuable is this knowledge to farmers and how does it enable them to farm better and more sustainably?
  • What is the effect of his/her research (as researcher),
  • extension (as agricultural extensioner) or service (as manager/administrator) on agriculture? In other words, what is the impact factor of the candidate?
  • In what way does this add value to agriculture, industry or the organisation the farmer is involved with?
  • Adaptation to change – a complete description on how the candidate keeps abreast of the changing agricultural environment and adapt his/her research/extension/ service thereto. How relevant is the candidate concerning the daily challenges the sector has to face?
  • In this, the last segment, the focus should be
  • on the candidate’s achievements as well as the acknowledgement he/she enjoys at local and/or international level. What is his/her international status?

Winners of the Agriculturist of the year award

  • 1977 Japie Bruwer
  • 1978 Prof Eddie Laubscher
  • 1979 Dr FJ Veldman
  • 1980 Frans Hugo
  • 1981 Prof. R de V Pienaar
  • 1982 Prof. Daan Strydom
  • 1983 Prof. Alan Bennie
  • 1984 Dr Ronnie van der Merwe
  • 1985 Dr John Moll
  • 1986 Dr Raymond Naude
  • 1987 Dr M P Lamprecht
  • 1988 Dr Baltus Erasmus
  • 1989 Prof. Jan Kotze
  • 1990 Dr PG Marais
  • 1991 Dr Ansie Dippenaar
  • 1992 Prof. Eckart Kassier
  • 1993 Dr Hym Ebedes
  • 1994 Dr Ben Strydom
  • 1995 Dr Tom Drinkwater
  • 1996 Dr Fanie Kellerman
  • 1997 Dr Gert Erasmus
  • 1998 Dr Bart Lombard
  • 1999 Dr Jos de Kock
  • 2000 Dr Klaus Pakendorf
  • 2001 Dr Hettie Schönfeldt
  • 2002 Prof HO de Waal
  • 2003 Dr Heinz Meissner
  • 2004 Prof Johann Kirsten
  • 2005 Kobus Lindeque
  • 2006 Andrew Makanete
  • 2007 Themba Hinana
  • 2008 Marlon de Jager
  • 2009 Luthanda Farmworkers Trust
  • 2010 Niklaas Slinger
  • 2011 Agri Dwala
  • 2012 Jacky Goliath
  • 2013 Andre Cloete
  • 2014 Ralph & Praline Swart
  • 2015 Gugu Mlipha
  • 2016 Eric Mtlaba
  • 2017 Warren Bam
  • 2018 Leonard Mavhugu
  • 2019 Buks Nel
  • 2020 Not awarded due to Covid-19 lockdown
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