Hortgro Bursary Programme 2025

Hortgro Bursary Programme 2025

Hortgro Bursary Programme: A Pathway to a Thriving Career in Agriculture

The agricultural sector is the cornerstone of any nation’s economy, and South Africa is no exception. With its world-renowned quality, variety, and innovation in agricultural practices, the South African agricultural industry is constantly evolving and expanding, offering a multitude of career opportunities beyond traditional farming. It encompasses fields such as science, economics, engineering, technology, and communication, all contributing to rural development, food security, and a healthier lifestyle.

Hortgro, the knowledge partner and service organization for the South African deciduous fruit industry, plays a pivotal role in supporting this dynamic sector. They facilitate the production, marketing, and sale of high-quality produce and generate essential research and technology. To sustain and grow the agricultural sector, Hortgro offers a comprehensive bursary and career development programme aimed at nurturing skilled and passionate individuals.



Why Choose a Career in Agriculture?

  • Diverse Opportunities: Agriculture is not limited to farming. It spans various disciplines such as agricultural economics, biotechnology, horticulture, soil and water science, marketing, project management, entomology, agri-management, microbiology, and plant pathology.
  • Industry Leadership: South Africa’s agricultural industry is a global leader in quality and innovation.
  • Impactful Work: Contributing to rural development and food security while promoting sustainable and ethical trade practices.
  • Healthy Lifestyle: Agriculture encourages a healthy lifestyle through the production of nutritious food.

Hortgro’s Commitment

Hortgro’s bursary programme is designed to develop, educate, and train individuals in critical areas of agriculture. The programme offers:

  • Undergraduate and Post-graduate Bursaries: Financial support for students pursuing relevant degrees.
  • Internships and Mentorships: Hands-on experience and guidance from industry experts.
  • Work-Integrated Learning: Opportunities to gain practical skills and improve employability.
  • Career Development: Building networks, enhancing interpersonal skills, and preparing for the marketplace.



Eligibility and Application Process

To be eligible for the Hortgro bursary, applicants must be:

  • Interested in pursuing a career in agriculture.
  • Studying towards an accredited qualification in one of the critical skill areas.

How to Apply:

  • Application Period: 15 May to 15 August annually.
  • Application Method: Apply directly through the online application form or email your application to learn@hortgro.co.za.
  • Required Documents: Certified copies of your academic records, ID, and a motivational letter.

Click here to apply online: Online Application Form


What to Expect as a Bursary Recipient

  • Quarterly Updates: Regular updates about your well-being and academic progress.
  • Mentorship: Each student is assigned a mentor to guide them throughout their studies.
  • Good Conduct: Maintaining good behaviour and academic performance is essential.
  • Event Participation: Attend Hortgro functions and events.

Building Your Future

By joining Hortgro’s bursary programme, you will be part of a vibrant and essential industry that not only sustains our economy but also nourishes our nation. This is your opportunity to make a difference and build a rewarding career in agriculture.

For more information, contact Hortgro at:

  • Address: 258 Main Rd, Paarl, 7646
  • Phone: 021 870 2900
  • Email: learn@hortgro.co.za
  • Website: Hortgro

Let’s start growing together! Apply now and take the first step towards a fulfilling career in agriculture.