A new bakkie for a young boer

A new bakkie for a young boer

Attie Scholtz, a farmer from the Northern Cape, will drive back to his farm in the Douglas area in his brand new Toyota Hilux 2.7 VVTi Raised Body Raider after being awarded the coveted 2013 Agri SA / Toyota SA Young Farmer of the Year award, taking top honours out of a group of eight regional finalists.

Young farmers are nominated for this award based on their performance. They have to be between 18 and 35 years old, and must have been a member of one of Agri SA’s provincial organisations for at least two years.

All finalists are nominated by their respective Agri SA provincial councils and undergo a variety of tests covering different aspects of farming, including: financial and business skills, farming skills and proficiency in management – focusing specifically on their own contribution, independence and decision-making authority.

Johannes Möller, president of Agri SA, says that this year’s finalists have shown that they have the tenacity to carry on through the challenges that they all face with the changing circumstances in agriculture. “They purposefully look at long-term, sustainable growth to ensure that all the possibilities have been considered. The finalists have illustrated that sound decision-making skills make the difference when building a successful business.”

However, there can be only one winner. “All the finalists are great contenders and very good farmers in their own right, but Scholtz is a worthy winner of this coveted prize,” says Möller.

Scholtz holds a BComm Honours degree in Business Management and farms on Vaallus in the Douglas area near Kimberley in the Northern Cape. He produces lucerne, maize, wheat, barley and beef cattle. He also owns and runs a business that transports lucerne from his own as well as neighbouring farms.

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