South African agriculture contributes approximately 2.4% to the national economy and is especially essential for food security, employment and supply of raw materials to other sectors. The everyday decisions and management of farming operations has the potential to not only maximise profits but also promote effective sustainable farming methods to meet future domestic and production needs.
Agricultural farm managers can work closely with agricultural scientists, engineers and economists to ensure production targets are met. They tend to work between farm fields and offices, working longer hours during busy harvest periods.
Agricultural farm managers must have the ability to practically apply agricultural theory and knowledge and have a robust understanding of agricultural markets and activities. They may also benefit from:
Direct and coordinate farm operations and worker activities
Inspect and analyse crops and livestock for harvest, sale and activity adjustments
Establish and manage budgets, monitoring economic activity for challenges and opportunities
Confer with buyers to arrange for the sale of crops and livestock
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Agriculture at NWU, SU, UFS, UFH, UKZN, UL, UMP, UNISA, Univen, Unizulu and UP
B. Agric., B. Agric. (Hons), M. Agric. in Agricultural Management at UFS and UKZN
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Agriculture at CPUT, MUT, TUT and UMP
Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Agricultural Management at CPUT, CUT, NMU and UNISA
Commercial farming organisations.
Private farming companies.