By Oldrin Masowa
The North-West University’s (NWU’s) School of Agricultural Sciences hosted its first ever Agri-Career fair on 19 October on the Potchefstroom Campus.
During the event, final-year students presented the findings of their soil science research and had the opportunity to network with the agricultural industry.
“The aim of the fair is to prepare students for the world of work to expose them to new agricultural skills and technology,” says senior lecturer in Agricultural Sciences, Dr George van Zyl.
The event was also inspired by a previous agriculture conference which encouraged tertiary institutions to continue teaching students about new innovations in agriculture.
He is confident that this fair will help to prepare students for working the agricultural sector.
“We want to provide our students with the opportunity to network with the agricultural industry to identify job opportunities, thereby preparing them to be future potential employers and employees within the industry,” says Dr Van Zyl.
“We also want agricultural companies to partner with the NWU to provide guidance on the skills needed in the industry, thereby ensuring that we deliver graduates fit for purpose,” he adds.
“We are grateful to our sponsors Case IH, John Deere, Omnia Nutriology, Villa and Corteva Agriscience, and look forward to strengthening our relationship with them,” says Dr Van Zyl.