Editor's Note

Harvesting the dream

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Welcome to the 40th issue of Harvest SA, South Africa’s magazine for everyone in agriculture. Although the land is often the site of terribly divisive polemics, it also has the potential to unite us all. That is the perspective we prefer to adopt.Food security is an impossible dream without a sustainable and growing agriculture sector. This much is common knowledge.

All it takes is a little common sense to see that for this to be realised, a sense of urgency and common purpose is required. The fact of the matter, as Nick Serfontein pointed out during his well received presentation during Laeveld Agrochem’s recent Seil-Safari 2019 experience, is that the future of agriculture lies in the emerging agriculture space. That is where the opportunity for growth lies, not to mention reconciliation, transformation, sustainability and food security. By helping grow the emerging space, commercial farmers are helping secure the industry as a whole. At the same, enterprising new entrants must not hesitate to seek out mentorship and support from those whose roots in farming go back generations. Ultimately, it is a win-win situation.

One of the highlights of the agricultural calendar is Grain SA’s NAMPO show. Last year, Nasie in Gesprek did the important service of publicising the vital role that agriculture plays as well as the plain facts of farming: that a successful agriculture sector cannot be produced by political fiat but requires the cooperation of all stakeholders working to a common goal. We look forward to seeing what progress has been made, as well as the opportunities that have emerged for all South Africans to pitch in for national harvest.

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