Prof Karaan dedicated his life to better farming

Sizwe Sibiya

Prof Mohammad Karaan, Stellenbosch University’s renowned Professor of Agricultural Economics, has died.

The Western Cape MEC for Agriculture Ivan Meyer confirmed the news of Karaan passing on Wednesday, saying the 52-year-old succumbed to Covid-19 on Wednesday.

“A huge loss for the agricultural and academic community in SA,” the MEC said on Twitter.

The University said Prof Karaan who completed his Master’s Degree and PhD in Agriculture at the SU, was also president of the Maties Rugby Club at SU – and he dedicated his whole life to the agriculture business and the University.

“He has had a lasting impact on the vision of the faculty, the University, on agriculture and South Africa,” said Prof Danie Brink, dean of the AgriSciences Faculty at SU.

Throughout his career he has been honoured for his leadership roles in the industry by “Agbiz, Agri SA and Agricultural Writers SA” among many others read the statement issued by the University on Wednesday.

Karaan left behind his five children and his wife Basheerah.

“Another tree has fallen. His legacy and contribution will continue to inspire us,” said Meyer.

Picture source: Stellenbosch Visio