Senwes Scenario Oktober / November 2015 - Page 27

N UUS ••• To the letter – WINNING WRITERS OFF TO AUSTRALIA THIS YEAR, TWO VERY SPECIAL SOUTH AFRICAN AGRICULTURE STUDENTS GOT THE CHANCE OF A LIFETIME WHEN THEIR LETTERS WON THEMSELVES A TRIP TO THE 2015 GLOBAL YOUTH AG-SUMMIT THAT TOOK NICOLA THERON PLACE IN CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA FROM 24 TO 28 AUGUST. AUBREY KRUGER T his project is a partnership between Bayer CropScience and Future Farmers Network (FFN) in Australia and it sets the scene with these students acting as the future leaders to resolve farming issues with the 2015 theme: “Feeding a hungry planet”. These two South African students are Nicola Theron and Wilbri Vorster. Theron (21) is a third year BSc Agriculture student, studying Soil Science and Agronomy, at the University of the Free State, with Vorster (22) being a final year BSc (Agric) Plant Pathology student at the University of Pretoria. They had the honour of being the only two South African students at the 2015 Global Youth Ag-Summit after their letters were chosen from approximately 2 000 entrants. Theron focused her letter on a not so well known, In-FieldRainwater-Harvesting technique, to help with water shortages in dry rural areas. Her letter was about how this technique combines zero-tillage, water harvesting and small basins. Theron, who matriculated at Hoërskool Bothaville, says she first heard about the letter competition from Lisa Coetzee, a plant pathology student who went to Canada in the past. She feels strongly about the water shortage problem since she experienced the drought last year and the one a decade ago at their family farm. She says that even a little water can make a big difference. She ended \