The countdown has begun for this year’s Agri Gauteng Agricultural Ekspo, and anticipation is building among farmers, agricultural enthusiasts, and industry innovators alike. Set against the backdrop of Lavender Kontrei Mark in Wonderboom, Pretoria, the event from Wednesday, 20 to Saturday, 23 September is poised to be an unparalleled experience.
Organisers say it promises to be exciting and deeply informative, offering a unique opportunity to explore the latest developments in the agricultural sector. Whether you are a seasoned farmer, a curious novice, or someone keen to stay at the forefront of agricultural innovation, this expo is a must-attend event.
Here are Food For Mzansi’s top 10 reasons to attend.
1. Livestock demonstrations
Thursday, 21 September 2023 at 11:00, livestock hub
Immerse yourself in the world of livestock as experienced farmers demonstrate best practices in care, management, and breeding. Witness first-hand the techniques that lead to healthier and more productive livestock.
2. Camel insights
Every expo day at 11:00, livestock hub
Delve into the fascinating realm of camels and their significance in agriculture. Discover their unique qualities, including their resilience in arid environments and their potential as working animals.
3. Controlled fire demonstrations
Every day at 10:00 and 15:00 at the safety and security hub
Safety is paramount in agriculture. Observe controlled fire demonstrations by Fidelity Services and gain insights into fire prevention, management, and security measures vital for safeguarding your farm.
4. GSM Devices and Smart Gate Motors
Every day at 10:00 at the AgriCareers hub
Explore the cutting-edge world of access control and automation with Centurion Systems. Learn about GSM devices and smart gate motors designed to enhance security and convenience on your farm.
5. Transport solutions for commercial vehicles
Every day at 09:00 at the AgriCareers hub
Discover a wide array of transport solutions and options for your commercial vehicle needs, provided by BB Truck Pretoria. From purchasing to financing, they have you covered. BB dealerships, with a 50-year legacy, provide a comprehensive range of vehicles, financing options, and services, fostering long-term client relationships built on trust and value. Their winning tradition ensures exceptional customer satisfaction.
6. Tractor maintenance
Every day at 10:00 at the Landini stand, Case IH machinery hub
Gain invaluable knowledge about tractor maintenance from Landini experts. Learn essential skills for keeping your farming equipment in top condition. Landini, a trusted Italian brand, produces a wide range of efficient, high-performance tractors highly regarded by South African farmers and markets worldwide, offering reliability, user-friendliness, updated technology, and robust support for various agricultural needs.
7. Seed hybrids and gardening techniques
Every day at 11:00 at the Advanta stand, crops and gardening hub
Unlock the potential of your crops with insights into seed hybrids and gardening techniques. Enhance your agricultural practices and boost your yields. Advanta Seeds specialises in hybrid seed research, focusing on climate-smart crops that boost yields and offers training and guidance to emerging farmers on production techniques and material testing.
8. Aquaculture and aquaponics insights
Every day at 11:30 at the AgriCareers hub
Dive into the world of aquaculture and aquaponics. Understand the differences, challenges, and opportunities in fish farming for sustainable agricultural practices. Aqua Africa’s Aquaculture Innovations consults, designs, and installs systems, primarily in South Africa, with numerous successful units in both aquaponics and aquaculture dispersed throughout the country.
9. Organic fertilisers and soil health
Every day at 13:00 at the AgriCareers hub
Join SoilGrow to discover the benefits of organic fertilisers and their role in improving soil health. Learn how these products can benefit your farming practices. Founded by two passionate individuals, SoilGrow produces 100% organic liquid fertiliser that nourishes plants, enhances soil structure, and contains beneficial bacteria and bacillus to support root development, protection, and pH balance.
10. APAC: access to agricultural markets
Every day at 14:30 at the AgriCareers hub
Gain insights into the regulation of fresh produce, export, and livestock agents. Understand their pivotal role in accessing and navigating agricultural markets. APAC is responsible for regulating fresh produce, export, and livestock agents while preserving the integrity and dignity of these professions under the Agricultural Produce Agents Act of 1992, Section 9.