The South African Avocado industry consists of 17500 ha of commercial avocado orchards, the majority of which are situated in the North Eastern part of the country in the Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces. Avocados are also grown commercially in certain areas of KwaZulu-Natal Province and parts of the Eastern and Western Cape.. Annual production is the region of 125 000 t, of which approximately 60 000 t is exported to Europe and the United Kingdom. The remainder is consumed domestically and approximately 10% is processed (oil and purée). The South African Avocado season extends from March to October; due to climatic variability between growing regions most of the major cultivars are available over an extended period during the season. With the expansion of the industry, SAAGA is working to access new markets such as the USA, Japan and China.
The South African Avocado Growers’ Association (SAAGA) makes bursaries available to individuals from historically disadvantaged groups for studies to towards a BSc (Agric) or equivalent degrees majoring in Horticultural Science or Agricultural Economics / Agribusiness.
Students awarded a bursary by SAAGA will be required to work for the SA Subtropical Growers’ Association (Subtrop) for a period of one year for each year that the bursary is awarded, provided that a position is available. If no position is available at the time that the recipient completes his/her degree, there will be no obligation to Subtrop. If no position is available in Subtrop, the recipient will assisted in finding a placement with members of SAAGA. Subtrop is the umbrella organisation that manages the affairs of the SA Avocado, Litchi and Mango Growers’ Associations.
Recipients of the bursary will be required to focus their seminars and projects on avocados where possible.
Requirements and eligibility
Individuals from historically disadvantaged groups for
Studies to towards a BSc (Agric) or equivalent degrees majoring in Horticultural Science or Agricultural Economics / Agribusiness.
Excellent academic record
South African Citizen
How to apply
Follow the application link where you will find a from that you will need to fill out and attach your supporting documents to. This completed application must be sent to email@example.com .
The supporting documents need are :
A motivation letter as to why you should be considered for the bursary
University academic record
A brief Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
Details of any other bursary or scholarship which you may hold