One of HORTGRO’s goals is to help improve the lives of everyone that is involved in our agricultural communities. We strive to do this via the following programmes:
The HORTGRO Bursary Programme
The HORTGRO Bursary Scheme currently has 27 undergraduate students studying towards a degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics and Business Management.
These students are enrolled at various institutions across South Africa namely: University of Pretoria, Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute, University of Limpopo, University of the Free State, Cape Town University of Technology and Stellenbosch University respectively.
The HORTGRO Bursary Scheme is funded by HORTGRO as well as AgriSETA and Deciduous Fruit Industry Development Trust.
A total amount of R 1 369 100, was spent in 2016/17, an increase of 42% in funding.
In addition, a further 41 post-gradates and Ph.D. students were involved in various research projects via HORTGRO Science at a value of a further R1.7 million.
Health & Safety Training
In 2016 a total of 575 agricultural workers were trained as basic first aid officers, health & safety representatives and as members of health & safety committees.
Health & safety is an important aspect of any business and the aim of this programme is to enable farm-workers to identify risk factors before it becomes a safety hazard.
Basic first aid empowers workers to act fast in the case of emergencies and also providing them with tools to treat and understand minor cases.
The Farm Worker Wellness Programmes
The wellness programme focused on financial wellness, interpersonal skills, substance dependency and effective parenting.
These programmes help to empower employees with life skills in order to minimise social problems and to better their circumstances.
A total of 1 788 individuals received training, with a further 5 364 indirect beneficiaries on the 14 farms, that were serviced during 2017.
The need for the continuation of the wellness programmes remains high and alternative sources of funding will be sought going forward.
The objective is to get support from all the growers who hopefully will see this as a start for continuous social support services on farms.
A group of 65 high school learners interested in pursuing careers in Agriculture along with 4 teachers visited various institutions which include Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute, FruiFly Africa, SAPO Trust as well as Stellenbosch University.
These students had the opportunity to meet employees in agriculture, visit various laboratories and experience a day in the life of such agricultural employees. @HORTGRO we are serious about ‘growing our future industry leaders’ and informing learners about the brilliant career opportunities in agriculture that await those who are interested.