Agra recognises the importance of corporate social responsibility
Agra supports shows and championships by providing prizes, rosettes and ribbons, expertise and funding.
Agra issued its seventh social report and the first social report as Agra Limited, reporting on the company’s involvement and support to local communities and Namibian agriculture in general.
Abelene Boer, Senior Manager: Marketing at Agra said, “Agra’s corporate social involvement has grown with our business and a significant budget is allocated to well-considered initiatives and projects with the aim to live our purpose of creating prosperity and improving quality of life.”
The report shows the reinvestment of funds into the Namibian community in the categories of knowledge, skills and educational development, organised agriculture, livestock industry, agronomy and business related events and initiatives, although many of the events and initiatives include all of these categories.
Agra’s Professional Services Division, now called ProVision, plays a key role in research and training in the agricultural sector.
This division forms an important part of Agra’s service to the agricultural industry and is indispensable to Agra’s contribution to development.
Agra was one of the main sponsors of the first ever Outlook Conference in Namibia, a very successful event organised by the Livestock Producers Organisation.
Agra is part of the Communal Farmers Consortium. This consortium was established to provide and coordinate financial assistance to farmers’ associations with the hosting of livestock shows and championships in the communal farming areas, with the logistical support of the Namibia National Farmers’ Union.
Stud breeders associations are very active in organising events where not only the breeds are promoted but valuable information on farming is shared. Agra allocates resources to support and add value to these initiatives and Agra auctions where stud breeders market their animals. Due to the high educational value of shows and livestock championships and in recognition of breeders’ inputs and commitment to constant improvement, Agra supports shows and championships by providing prizes, rosettes and ribbons, expertise and funding.
Agra also remains committed to improving the swakara industry by developing and implementing strategies for growing the industry, imparting knowledge and directly supporting the farmers in their strive to grow the industry. Chairman of the Board of Agra, Ryno van der Merwe said, “To create prosperity and improve quality of life does not only involve making money and grow but also to develop our people and protect our environment. Agra is the largest agricultural business with 18 retail branches and has already established itself as a service provider and role player to develop agriculture in Namibia. Agra is thus an indispensable partner in the agricultural sector and the Namibian economy to create employment, offer training, support projects and provide products and services to clients. Agra shares this responsibility with all Namibians and is willing to pull its weight as smart partner of Government to achieve vision 2030.”