The death of Prof Mohammad Karaan, a former dean of the faculty of agrisciences at Stellenbosch University and an agriculture policy doyen, is a massive loss for SA at a time when the country needs development thinkers the most to kick-start the economy, says agriculture minister Thoko Didiza.

Karaan was a leading figure in SA’s agriculture sector and contributed to state policy decisions and academia. He was part of the National Planning Commission, chair of the National Agricultural Marketing Council, a board member at Land Bank and the Agricultural Research Council, and, most recently, a member of the presidential advisory panel on land reform and agriculture...

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