Christo van der Rheede interacts on many levels ...

Christo van der Rheede, Deputy Executive Director

Deputy Executive Director of Agri SA presents to members of the SA Army

Christo van der Rheede recently did a presentation about the impact of the Drought on Food security in southern Africa and highlighted the concerns regarding maize shortages in South Africa as well as our neighbouring countries as well as rising food prices on the most vulnerable in society. In a letter written to Agri SA, the Chief of the South African army, Lieutenant General L. Yam lauded Agri SA for the excellent presentation.

In his letter of appreciation he had the following to say: 'Your professionalism, enthusiasm for the subject and broad knowledge were obvious during the presentation. Of particular interest were your insightful comments on the economic ramifications of the drought for both the country and the region. Furthermore, your astute understanding of the possible social implications of the drought and the need for this to be addressed holistically by the entire value chain in conjunction with government, gave us much food for thought.'

Adjunk Uitvoerende Hoof ontmoet landbouleiers te Kimberley en spreek 'n byeenkoms te Agri Kuruman toe

Landbouleiers in die Noord-Kaap het onlangs saam met Christo van der Rheede ontmoet. Die provinsiale leierskap van Agri-Noord-Kaap, Afasa, Nafu en die RPO het 'n insiggewende gesprek oor die uitdagings wat landbouers in die gesig staar gevoer. Die belangrikheid van samewerking is sterk beklemtoon. Volgens Henning Myburgh,  hoofbestuurder van Agri Noord-kaap, is sulke uitreike nodig om vriendskappe te vorm, persepsies uit die weg te ruim en 'n verenigde front daar te stel wat al die landbouers in die provinsie se saak kan dien.  

Christo was ook 'n gasspreker tydens die Agri Kuruman byeenkoms en het veral gefokus op aangeleenthede soos die Onteieningswetsontwerp, voorgestelde grondplafonne en die 50/50 voorstel. Landbouers was dit eens dat in die lig van al die onsekerhede, hulle gefokus moet bly op voedselproduksie. Diegene wat die byeenkoms bygewoon het, het hul waardering uitgespreek teenoor Agri SA vir die voorlegging en die duidelike wyse waarop dit oorgedra is.

SACAU Congress filled young farmers with renewed energy and hope

Many young farmers form various Southern African countries who attended the SACAU Congress in Swaziland left with renewed energy and hope. Christo van der Rheede who attended the conference on behalf of Agri SA had the following to say:

'Attending the SACAU congress this week was indeed an eye-opening experience. More and more young people are entering the agricultural space in many African countries as commercial farmers. They are highly educated, independent and very innovative. We also visited many agricultural projects in Swaziland driven by young people. Whilst the government supports them, they're very clear on where they want to be in the next few years: That is to be independent commercial farmers that own profitable and diversified agri-businesses.'