Major shake-up at Free State Agriculture

Farm attacks and ensuring that Free State Agriculture is established as a financially sustainable organisation that caters for farmers in all districts of the province is, are top priorities for the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Gerhard Kriel.
Kriel was officially announced on Wednesday at a media conference that was also attended by former to managers of FSA dating back as far as 1984, Lulu de Jager, Pieter Moller and outgoing Henk Vermeulen. Kriel will take office with effect from January 1, next year.
In his acceptance speech, Kriel said his main concern was to see incidents of crime being minimised at farms.
“Over the past few decades, we have seen these incidents escalating to a point that we had to establish various preventative and reactionary structures within the organisation which has been helpful, however, we need to intensify on this particular aspect,” said Kriel in his short speech. His appointment has been described by the organisation’s president, Dan Kriek, as a huge milestone for the organisation.
“Gerhard is one person who has always been in the farming and agricultural business. His expertise speaks for itself and I am sure that our members will be happy to have him as one of our leaders who is obviously showing his vision for the people,” said Kriek.
Kriel’s background dates back from 1998 when he joined the agri-business, Senwes, as manager for industries in Viljoenskroon where he served until 2000.
Amongst his business ventures, Kriel has even gone as far as establishing his own business from 2014 which is still operational.
Other changes at FSA have seen the organisation’s Web-journalist and Media Officer, Alani Jeneke leaving her post vacant after getting a new job in Cape Town.
FSA continues to be a strategic partner and advocate for farmers in various pressing issues that include amongst others the land redistribution and addressing water challenges in the province.

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