Today, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture joins the United Nations in observing World Youth Skills Day.

We do so by highlighting the training opportunities on offer and acknowledging the resilience and creativity of youth through the current Covid-19 pandemic.

We must ensure that there are training opportunities for youth, women and the disabled to secure the sustainability of the agricultural sector. 

For this reason, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute offers formal and non-formal training opportunities to the youth.

These include the B. Agric degree, 3-year Diploma in Agriculture, a Certificate in Horse Mastership, and a learnership programme.

One hundred and sixty-seven (167) students graduated from these programmes at the end of the 2020 academic year. To date, 1 799 agricultural beneficiaries have benefitted from skills training.

We believe that technology will transform agricultural practices.

Drone technology will, for example, play an increasing role in optimizing agriculture operations, increasing animal and crop production, and monitoring crop and soil health.

By creating exciting new career opportunities for the youth to embrace technology that aims to grow the agricultural economy, we contribute to job creation and the sustainability of the Agricultural Sector.

Learn more about careers in agriculture, click on:

https://www.elsenburg.com/sites/default/files/agri_brochure/2020-10-14/10032644JB_Careers%20in%20Agriculture%20Brochure2.pdf

Minister Meyer with Daine Fredericks, Teneale Marthinus, Thurmarr van Wyk and Ari van Ravenswaay

Media Enquiries

Daniel Johnson

Spokesperson for Minister Ivan Meyer

Tel: 079 990 4231

Email: Daniel.Johnson@westerncape.gov.za