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farming thumb medium80 84The Mercury writes that experts predict that advances in science and technology will keep farmers and agriculture professionals on their toes.  

By 2020 there will be an even higher demand for skilled people in the agricultural sector, with top careers including technologists, hydrologists, food scientists, agricultural communicators and precision agriculture technologists.  While the spectrum of opportunity is said to be vast, the role of soil scientists, particularly in Africa where farmers are faced with serious health issues, remains critical.  The UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) estimates that more than 50% of Africa’s agricultural land has serious soil problems, including nutrient depletion, soil acidity and erosion.  According to the National Development Plan, the agricultural sector is expected to create about one million jobs by 2030.  This means there is a need and scope for innovative and motivated young people to become part of the agricultural sector, which continues to be an important pillar for economic growth for South Africa.

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