Agribusiness Development Agency (ADA) and Dalum cooperate about the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) model
The African students 2014-2015
Last year and currently, a group of South African students from Kwa Zulu Natal (KZN) province are taking part in a 10 months’ management program (look – here) including 10 weeks on farms, exchanging valuable production and management tips from experienced Danish farmers. The South African Agency (ADA) refers to the programme on their homepage – here.
The College hopes that merging the best from both cultures, these students will be able to generate higher agricultural production and jobs in primary and secondary food chains on their return.
The ideal scenario could be a future pork or dairy production set up by a young South African farmer partnering a senior Danish agricultural student and Danish/international investor. The Dalum College serves as a reach back and extension facility ensuring that the achieved knowledge, the genetics and technology brought back home will be used for a sustainable and environment-friendly production.
So far the initiative and export concept has gained a lot of political attention from countries like China and other South African provinces. The Danish and South African Ministers of Agriculture recently praised the model, at a seminar in Pretoria SA, as “an example to be followed”, and support the program by governmental funding.
Last year our two international lecturers, Mr Niels Erik Jespersen and Mr Martin K. Jakobsen, have been in South Africa. Look at the press release – here – and at the press briefing from the “Department agriculture & rural development” – here.
One day the African students helped the kitchen staff at the school