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3 things happening in agri today, 19 January 2021 

It’s another exciting day in agriculture, with a global agri challenge to sign up for and tips to starting your own enterprise. Or, if you feel like taking a slow day, pick some flowers for International Flower Day.


It’s not every day that you come across a big, global competition for agricultural innovators. The Future Agro Challenge fosters a global community of visionaries, start-ups, farmers, manufacturers, and distributors. If you fit the bill, see sign-up details below.

Other events to pin on your calendar today is the celebratory day of flowers, where you can admire or give flowers as a gift (to yourself or to others – there’s no shame in buying yourself something nice!).

You should also keep an eye out for today’s Food For Mzansi article on how to start a crop farming enterprise. In only ten easy steps, you could be well on your way to starting your own lucrative farming business.


International Flower Day

Although the floriculture industry in South Africa is small, it forms an important part of our agricultural sector. And, given the pressure this industry is experiencing amid the Covid-19 pandemic, International Flower Day is the perfect day to celebrate all their hard work. 

Held annually on 19 January, it promotes the connection that people share with each other by showing love and appreciation through the gift of flowers.

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It’s been an interesting season for the flower industry, as the lockdown also shut down the events and weddings which normally sustain the flower industry. But, in a grim twist of fate, the flower industry is struggling under the pressure of the increased demand for bereavement bouquets for funerals.

ALSO READ: Covid-19: Flower industry ‘drowning in funeral requests’ 

Use this day to appreciate the beauty of nature and flowers, gift a flower to a loved one to let them know you are thinking of them, or brighten up your workspace with a flower in a vase today. We could all use some of the beauty and cheer given by flowers.


Start a farming enterprise in 10 steps 

Upandcoming and smallscale farmers should be sure to stay tuned to Food For Mzansi for today’s article on starting a farming enterprise in ten easy steps. It will empower you with tools and tips to build your farming enterprise.

While you’re at it, also read our article on 10 farming ideas that will be lucrative in 2021 if you need some bright ideas to explore with in 2021. Head over to Farmer’s Inside Track for all the inside info you’ll need on your farming journey.


Future Agro Challenge

Applications are now accepted for the Future Agro Challenge where selected agripreneurs will gain access to world-class mentors, investors, potential clients, and new market opportunities at the FAC Global Championships, a highlight event at the Global Agripreneurs Summit.

There’s an agricultural revolution underway. And FAC’s passion is pushing the envelope until innovative and fundable food, agri-tech, and agriculture innovations have spread around the globe, from farm to fork and beyond.

Find more info on the competition here.

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Dona Van Eeden
Dona Van Eeden
Dona van Eeden is a budding writer and journalist, starting her career as an intern at Food for Mzansi. Furnished with a deep love and understanding of environmental systems and sustainable development, she aims to make the world a better place however she can. In her free time you can find her with her nose in a book or wandering on a mountain, looking at the world through her camera's viewfinder.


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