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Dr Frikkie Maré
Academic Head of Department


The University of the Free State (UFS): Department of Agricultural Economics

Why Agricultural Economics?
  • Our internationally-recognised programme prepares students for careers with professional, competitive salaries.
  • Our students are sought-after throughout the world in agricultural and business environments and are a popular choice when it comes to work opportunities.
  • Exchange programmes present exciting opportunities for students to study at selected overseas universities.
  • We have a rich tradition built upon excellence and established values.
  • We are accessible and centrally located in an area that reflects the biggest part of the agricultural sector of Southern Africa.
  • A pulsating student life and popular residences allow students to participate in sports, cultural, and religious activities, student fun, and training-orientated excursions and projects.
The department is committed to
  • Improving the welfare of the community through impartially applied economic problem-solving.
  • Continuously improving the human capital of our students and staff.
  • Excellence in public and private endeavours.
  • Creating a feeling of communality by continuous recognition of diversity and devotion to an uncompromising level of inclusivity.
Career Choices:
  • Agri-business
  • Marketing
  • Importing and Exporting
  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Irrigation Management
  • Co-op Management
  • Agricultural Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Research and Development

This is why Kovsies must be your number one choice!

The department is in the privileged position to have internationally-recognised researchers in its staff component on issues relevant to challenges faced by agriculturists from an economic point of view. This expertise is organised in several centres of excellence.

Programme Director (Academic Enquires)

Dr Janus Henning
Room 1.103
Agricultural Building
T: +27 51 401 9717
F: +27 51 401 3473
General Enquiries
Chrizna van der Merwe
Room 1.105
Agricultural Building
T: +27 51 401 2824
F: +27 51 401 3473

Academic Head of Department

Dr Frikkie Maré
Room 1.105
Agricultural Building
T: +27 51 401 3220
F: +27 51 401 3473
Postal address

Department Agricultural Economics
Faculty Natural and Agricultural Sciences
University of the Free State
PO Box 339 (IB 58)


Faculty Manager: Velaphi Makgwahla
T: + 27 51 401 3199

Marketing Manager: Elfrieda Lötter
T: +27 51 401 2531

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