Dr. John Purchase receives the Order of Agricultural Merit
On 5 December 2018, the Ambassador of France, H.E. Christophe Farnaud, confered the Order of Agricultural Merit to Dr John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz, during the “Agricultural outlook 2019” event.
Since 2007, Dr John Purchase is the Chief Executive Officer of the Agricultural Business Chamber (AGBIZ), the most important organization that represents the agricultural and agribusiness sector in South Africa.
In 2017, France exported 150 million euros worth of agricultural products to South Africa, mainly wines and spirits. South Africa exported 224 million euros worth of agricultural products to France, mainly citrus fruits.
The Order of Agricultural Merit rewards people who rendered exceptional services to agriculture, whether in public duties or in the very practice of agriculture. It also rewards people who distinguished themselves in scientific research or in related publications.