While Mzansi’s dynamic wine industry remains committed to assist government in fighting the covid-19 pandemic, the impact of the alcohol sales ban remains high on today’s agri agenda. We also bring you a heart-breaking story of how a farming community are now also reliant on food handouts, while Qinisani Qwabe weighs in on the role of indigenous knowledge in agriculture.
Join us for live chat with two wine fathers
The fathers of chardonnay and pinotage in South Africa joins Food For Mzansi at 15:00 today for a live Facebook chat about the future of the Western Cape wine industry. In the last few weeks, we have interviewed many top wine farmers about the impact of the coronavirus lockdown on the industry, and today’s discussion is a continuation of our continued coverage in this regard. Joining Food For Mzansi editor Dawn Noemdoe will be Danie De Wet, recognised as the pioneer of white wine cultivars in Mzansi, and the pinotage king, Beyers Truter from Beyerskloof.
Farmers now forced to the food lines
Later today Food For Mzansi publishes a heart-wrenching story of a farming community queuing in food lines. Children from an Eastern Cape town are forced to eating wild plants to survive as the covid-19 pandemic take its toll. Also, in rural areas, farmers were joining farmworkers in appealing for food. This article will be live on Food For Mzansi at 13:00 today.
Agri thought leader talks indigenous knowledge
The role of indigenous knowledge in agriculture will be highlighted in an insightful opinion piece by thought leader and agricultural researcher, Qinisani Qwabe. This will be published on Food For Mzansi at 16:00 today.
In his opinion piece, Qwabe associates the practice of indigenous knowledge in agriculture with environmental well-being, biodiversity, and healthy lifestyles. He shares why the role of indigenous knowledge in farming systems should not be overlooked, but rather be embraced and integrated with modern technologies for efficiency.