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KragDag gets new momentum towards self-sufficient farming

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The 2019 KragDag show this year received new momentum with TLU SA joining the KragDag organisers for their first agricultural section. It was the eleventh year that the show – with the theme: “Do Your Own Thing” – was held.

KragDag, held annually at Diamantvallei east of Pretoria, has grown from a small beginning in 2008 with a few exhibits by undertakings specialising in the provision of alternative power solutions, to a show with more than 450 exhibitors and an estimated attendance of 21 400 visitors this year.

The main sponsor of KragDag is the Sakeliga (business league), a home for businesses with an Afrikaans background.

The theme for the agricultural section was ’n Boer maak ’n plan, and speakers in the two tents for agricultural discussions included well-known personalities such as Dr Faffa Malan, Felix Reinders and Dr Chris van Dijk.

A Number of livestock breeds were on show and the Diamond L slaughter lamb competition drew a satisfactory number of entries. The winning carcass came from Mark Giertzen of the Hageland Ile de France Stud, with the reserve champion entered by Regina Harmse of the RCH Ile de France Stud. The group winner was Regina Harmse, and the reserve group winner Mark Giertzen. Regina donated her proceeds of the auction to the TLU Young Farmers’ Drought Aid Fund.

 The regional championship of the Toyota Northern Junior Auctioneers was also held at KragDag, with Ernst Bothma of the Erasmus High School and Sihle Mtombeni adjudicated winners in the junior division. Flekkie du Toit was adjudicated winner in the Young Division – he is employed by André Kock and Son.

The Diamond L carcass competition drew many entries. The group winner, Regina Harmse, here with Louis Meintjes, president of TLU SA, donated her income from the auction to drought aid.

The winner of the water tank donated by Africa Tanks is Hennie Pietersen. This competition kicked off during the NAMPO Show at the exhibit of ProAgri.

It is important for the KragDag team to encourage young entrepreneurs and the younger generation this year again showed their prowess by displaying unique products and offering inventive services. Judging of the entries takes the potential into consideration of the youngster’s undertaking to develop in future and one of the prizes is a course in entrepreneurship.

 The winner in the section, Doelgerig (single-mindedness), was Cloete Oosthuizen of Vlymskerp Dienste with Leonard en Aiden Grobler of Fire Buddies second. In the Voete Natmaak section (getting the feet wet) Keyan Grobler was first and David van de Vyver second.

The show is held amid a carnival atmosphere and local artists are responsible for entertainment. There is a special area for relaxation on the lawns, entertainment for the kids and a fun fair with a Ferris wheel, which was never idle.

KragDag also arranges various courses through the year concentrating on becoming more self-supporting. Visit www.kragdag.co.za on the internet for more information.

Die fun fair contributes to the carnival atmosphere of KragDag and from the high Ferris wheel one could see how popular this annual expo with “self-support” as theme, has become.
Young entrepreneurs are well-supported at KragDag. The team responsible for the “Entrepreneurs’ Competition” is HP Steyn, chief organiser of KragDag; Fergus Ferguson en Marina Ferguson of Fergusmor Besigheidsafrigters; Soné Saunders of KragDag; the group of winners, David van der Vyver, Keyan Grobler, Cloete Oosthuizen, Aiden Grobler, Leonard Grobler and Joey Jordaan; Hannes Noëth of Helpende Hand; Lukas Coetsee of Entrepreneurs Wizard, and Mias van Vuuren of Soap Box.
Junior auctioneers had the opportunity to show off their prowess in the Toyota Junior Auctioneers Competition. On the photo are Ernst Bothma, co-winner in the junior section; Gys Taute of Vleissentraal, judge; Sihle Mthombeni, the other co-winner of the section; and Hennie van Staden, Department Head: Agriculture, of the Erasmus High School.
Veteran tractors and engines always draw the crowds and one need not be a farmer to gawk at them.
A number of the exhibitors are also regular advertisers in ProAgri, such as Gallagher, Valtrac and Kanna.

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