South African agriculture attaché awarded in France [fr]
Ms Jenetha Mahlangu, the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ attaché in Paris, was awarded Knight of the Order of Merit in Agriculture by the French Minister of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry, Mr Stéphane Le Foll.
The Order of Agricultural Merit is an order bestowed by the French Republic for outstanding contributions to agriculture.
The order is awarded to people who have rendered exceptional services to agriculture, whether in public duties or in the very practice of agriculture, as well as people who distinguished themselves in scientific research or in related publications.
Ms Mahlangu was awarded the order for her contribution in reflecting South Africa’s agricultural, forestry and fisheries interests and priorities in bilateral engagements with France.
One such project includes the declarations of intent signed by the two countries in October 2013, where the French South African Agricultural Institute (F’SAGRI), a collaborative project between the Ministries of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Science and Technology, was initiated to strengthen capacity and support job creation in the sector.
The other project within the declaration included the identification of projects that will enable both parties to share and exchange knowledge and skills in order to strengthen trade relations. One such project is a sanitary and phytosanitary project on animal health, wherein French veterinary experts conducted an assessment on South Africa’s aquacultural sector.
- View the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ website.