Ground-breaking partnership between Agri SA and Fidelity ADT to reduce farm violence and agricultural crime
23 April 2019
Agri SA has partnered with Fidelity ADT, a subsidiary of the Fidelity Services Group, to offer a range of services and products to its members and the rural community in an attempt to curb the unacceptably high number of farm attacks and related agricultural crime.
According to Agri SA, farm attacks in 2017/2018 had increased to concerning levels while reported stock theft cases also grew by a further 7,2 %. Seven out of 10 farming units experienced one or other form of crime and 37,2% of farmers experienced theft of infrastructure. A total overall agricultural crime related cost of R7,7 billion shows that the farming community in South Africa are repeated victims of various crimes. The seriousness of these acts of violence against the farming community has led Agri SA to investigate opportunities to urgently improve safety in the farming community.
“Farm safety is much bigger than a single organisation, a community or even structures of authority,” says Tommie Esterhuyse, Chairperson of Agri SA’s Centre of Excellence: Rural Safety. “The reality is that violent crime in our rural farming areas shocks not only the community, but also has a negative impact on food production, national stability and the economy of the country. Therefore, the safety of the farming community remains one of the challenges that farmers across South Africa must deal with.”
This partnership provides an exciting opportunity for Fidelity ADT, leveraging off the vast support structure of the Fidelity Services Group, to bring a wealth of diversified experience and security knowledge to Agri SA and rural customers by delivering a far more integrated and robust security and safety offering to farmers. These services are also available to other Agri SA members such as its corporate members and cooperatives.