Meet our Leader

Corniel is the ground beneath our feet, the music to our beet.
We asked him a couple of questions, just to see what makes him tick.

Q: Where does your love for agriculture and farming come from? Where did you begin?
A: My love for Agriculture started as a young boy on my uncle, Riaan Hudson’s Farm. There I had the opportunity to experience first-hand what farming is all about. Farming is a passion and not a career choice. Observing and learning from my uncle made me appreciate the lifestyle of a farmer. As a past farmer, I understand and I have empathy with the many challenges our growers face every day.

Q: What crop is your favourite and why?
A: I don’t really have a favorite crop. All the different crops have their own unique challenges and rewards which I enjoy. If I must choose one, it will be carrots. When a grower harvests his carrot crop and seeing the anticipation, joy and appreciation of a good crop is so rewarding. You can see it in their eyes that they are humbled and thankful when a crop is successful.

Q: What is your goal for Hazera’s future?
A: My goal is for closer collaboration with our growers by providing them with great genetics and exceptional service. I would also like to see the growth of all our employees in their career development and personal capacity.

Q: What do you value or hold most dear?
A: My faith. It is a great blessing to be part of agriculture and share the lifestyle with our growers and employees.

Q: Any words for our customers?
A: Hazera will continue to improve, innovate, and assist our growers. I would like to thank our growers for their loyal support during 2023. We at Hazera wish you a prosperous and a happy new year. May the new season be filled with many blessing for you and you families.