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The Grootfontein Agricultural Development Institute is located outside the town of Middelburg in the Great Karoo, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It is commonly referred to as the “Grootfontein College of Agriculture” or just “Grootfontein”.


Grootfontein was established in 1911 and, as  one of the oldest agricultural colleges in South Africa, it has a proud training and research history contributing to the prosperity of livestock farming in the Karoo and other arid regions.


The vision of Grootfontein is to be the world's leading centre of excellence in training, research and extension in small stock and in agricultural production in semi-arid to arid climates.


Key Services


Grootfontein offers a wide range of services in its area of specialisation:

  • Education and Training
    • National Diploma in Agriculture (NQF level 6) presented on-campus
    • Skills training of new farmers and farm labourers (NQF level 2-4) presented off-campus
  • Research & Technology Development
  • Extension and Outreach




Middelburg RSA