AGRICULTURAL NEWS - Tell us about your career in agricultural economics.
I obtained my BScAgric and Honours in Agricultural Economics at Stellenbosch University [SU] in 1981, followed by an MScAgric from Natal University (Pietermaritzburg) during my second year of military service in 1983, and a PhD (Agric) from SU in 1991.
I started lecturing in the Department of Agricultural Economics at SU in 1984 when I had to choose between full-time farming or part-time farming in combination with an academic career. I chose the latter.
Due to my interest in farmland value, I qualified as a professional property valuer and do farm valuations once in a while.