It is time to say farewell to a magnificent and trendsetting media company. I am leaving ProAgri to start at an online news platform in South Africa, who is launching an agricultural section.
The past five and a half years as the editor of ProAgri Zambia was an opportunity I wish everyone with a passion for agriculture in Africa could experience. It gave me a level of exposure I will never find elsewhere. Reporting on agriculture is not as hype as politics, technology, and the celebrity world, but it is broad and it touches on almost everything, from labour issues to artificial intelligence. An agricultural journalist will never get bored. I can vouch for that.
Over this period, I saw how smallscale, as well as commercial agriculture in Zambia rose to something the rest of Africa and the world had to admire. When I took over the magazine in August 2016, I saw the peak of the results after government created a favourable climate for foreign investors in agriculture. Unfortunately, I also experienced the decline when the policies changed. The trough of this curve surely is the debt crisis and financial downgrade, combined with the effects of the COVID-19 lockdowns.
Luckily, food is an essential human need – its production will survive any other industry. This is the ray of hope farmers should hold on to. But as soon as this storm is weathered, every farmer must ride the next period of opportunities and growth.
Jaco Cilliers, who is the editor of our Botswana/Namibia/Zimbabwe edition will take over from me. He is passionate about agriculture and 100% committed to the cause of disseminating knowledge through a freemium platform. He will not disappoint you as our honoured readers.
This month we meet a new advertorial contributor, AMS Inc. They supply anything related to soil testing. We all know that the basics of any farming operation lie in proper soil management. If you succeed in that, the sky is the limit. Poltek also tells us more about their durable plastic poultry accessories.
Du Preez de Villiers – firstname.lastname@example.org