Monsanto SA 50 years in South Africa

Magda du Toit 2/14/2018

Throughout the past 50 years, Monsanto South Africa has had a positive impact on farmers and agriculture in South Africa.

Monsanto South Africa is celebrating it jubilee year in South Africa this year and this was celebrated with an industry function as well as during the South African Sales Awards evening. This incredible journey began 50 years ago on 14 February 1968 when Monsanto was registered as a supplier of Agricultural products.

“During this time there were many outstanding people who made ground breaking contributions towards the business in South Africa.  We were also privileged to have many of our local personnel that moved into global positions over the years and thus, not only made their mark in Monsanto in South Africa, but also on the global arena,” says Kobus STEENEKAMP, Commercial and Business Lead Monsanto South Africa.

“While we are reflecting on our rich history in South Africa, we must also acknowledge that we find ourselves in an extremely exciting time in the agricultural industry. In partnering with growers across the globe, Monsanto has been a key player in sustainably increasing yields and bringing healthy food to the growing world population.

“Agriculture will remain important. We need to feed the world.  Big data and digital farming is already changing agriculture and in future, will increasingly do so.  Commercial farmers, and where applicable small-holder farmers, will reap huge benefits from the high definition understanding of fields and the custom recommendations that will flow from data science.   At Monsanto, we are applying data science to help farmers better understand the weather, soil conditions and water so they can farm every piece of land more efficiently. 

"We know that one company or organisation alone, will not have all the answers for the global challenges we face – it will require combinations of solutions, strong leadership and world class collaboration! And we see this move towards an integrated solutions approach more and more every day.”

Although there were many who made important contributions towards the company’s success special recognition was given to a couple of people at a Jubilee Lunch today. 

Monsanto employees

  • Dr Jim Findlay - retired
  • Wally Green - retired
  • George Rautenbach – retired
  • Theunis Uys - retired
  • Andrew Bennett
  • Kobus Steenekamp
  • Martin Alberts
  • Christiaan Troskie
  • Kobus Lindeque – left the company

Industry

  • Wynand van der Walt
  • Boet Wienand 

“We wish to thank all the staff, our partners and the media – our friends – for walking along us during our 50-year journey.”