Wandile Sihlobo bags Agriculturist of the Year Award

Leading agricultural economist Wandile Sihlobo was named Agriculturist of the Year by Agricultural Writers SA moments ago. Sihlobo heads up agribusiness research at Agbiz, and is also a member of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s advisory panel on land reform.

He accepted the award during the prize-giving ceremony at Anura Vineyards in Klapmuts, outside of Cape Town on Friday evening, describing it as “a great honour”.

Sihlobo is a member of the South African Agricultural Economics Association. He has previously served as an economist at Grain South Africa. He holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Stellenbosch University.

The Seven Stars’ Senior Farm Manager Leonard Mavhungu won the prestigious New Entrant to Commercial Farming category. Seven Stars is a joint venture between a group of new farmers, the Department of Agriculture and Amadlelo to resuscitate 750 hectares of irrigation and to milk 2 000 cows.

Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing‘s chairman Pieter Graaff won the Farmer of the Year.