Rovic Leers Congratulates the winners of the Farmer of the Year 2015
Congratulations to the following:
Mr Piet Karsten – Farmer of the year 2015
According to the agricultural writers SA, “Piet Karsten cannot only be described as a mega farmer, but also as a person with a mega personality and heart”. His family has been farming since the 1800’s and the business’ farming enterprises currently include boer-goats, bonsmaras, dorpers, game, and produces cherries, citrus, dates, grapes, sweet melons, water melons, pears and plums. They now have 4000 ha under irrigation, provide work to 6000 people and their three studs are managed on three farms of about 25000 ha
Prof Ben Cousins – Agriculturist of the year 2015
Prof Cousins is well known as an independent, critical scholar of land reform and is also prepared to work with government departments in appropriate circumstances. He is a member of various academic bodies, and has published widely in academic and non-academic formats. The scope of his research regarding the impacts of land reform, agrarian change and farming systems extends beyond the borders of South Africa.
Ms Gugu Mlipha – New entrant to commercial farming 2015
Ms Mlipha learned as child to plant and grow veggies in their family garden, but never imagined she’d one day use those skills to grow a business. She started small by selling vegetables she’d grown in her garden on the streets and at a taxi rank, and then decided to focus her marketing efforts on hotels and restaurants. She also won a tender to supply to government hospitals. Her business Gugu and Daughters Farming has grown, she has 15 employees and provides 200kg of fresh produce to the Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, every week.