The aim of the award is to recognise top farmers in different areas of southern Africa, and thereby encourage the wise use of natural resources.
Potential recipients will be identified by the Congress Organising Committee each year.
The recipient need not be a member of the GSSA but should be encouraged to join.
Considerations when identifying potential candidates might include the following:
The recipient should be utilising veld (range and/or pasture for domestic livestock production and/or game farming.
Farming practices should include, as far as possible, sound cultural and management practices which are recommended to ensure the optimum economic utilisation, conservation and reclamation of natural resources.
Contribution to his/her community by way of participation and leadership in study groups, soil conservation committees, organised agriculture, etc.
Where a group is identified to receive the award, for example, a study group or soil conservation committee or a tribal authority or a community making use of communal land, the leader in such a group would receive the award on behalf of such a group.
These will be short-listed and farms or land-units will be visited by an adjudication panel comprising members of the Organising Committee and local advisory personnel.
The top land-user will be identified by Council (as per Constitution).
It is mandatory that this award be made every year.