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This week’s agriculture events: 29 March – 04 April

Autumn is officially here, Mzansi! From free virtual farmers' days and webinars to training opportunities and a podcast, here's a rundown of informative agriculture events and opportunities for the next seven days. E-mail info@foodformzansi.co.za to have your event added to our weekly calendar.


There’s a free virtual farmers’ day, various webinars and conferences and South Africa’s favourite farmers’ podcast. Get your calendars out, Mzansi, and take note of the next week’s agriculture events, everything from conferences. 

Check out the events calendar on Food for Mzansi’s homepage and this events listing, published every Monday, to learn about informative, insightful of lucrative agriculture events. 

Along with taking note of the regular agri calendar updates, why don’t you start the autumn season off by planting these “10 crops to plant in autumn“? 

Monday, 29 March

Annual conference of the agricultural economics society 

The twoday annual conference of the agricultural economics society will be held online on 29 and 30 March.  

Discussions will cover the latest research in agriculture and climate change, aquaculture, food security and more.  

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View the agenda here, and register here. 

Tuesday, 30 March

Innovations in container-grown crops 

This free, 90-minute webinar will discuss the right nitrogen form (ammonium vs. nitrate), source, rate, timing, and placement of nutrients for container-grown plants. Growers practicing the best management practices can have best finished-quality plants and a higher profit margin while conserving resources. 

Tune in to this webinar presented by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service at 19:30 to 21:00 to learn more about taking care of your own urban farm or garden and growing crops in containers. Register here. 

Wednesday, 31 March

Register for free virtual farmers’ day 

The South African wine industry is currently experiencing unprecedented challenges, but a low often also provides opportunities for growth. This is the theme of Agri-Expo’s first SIYABONGA Day for 2021, which follows on the success of their first three SIYABONGA Days presented in 2020.

The Wellington SIYABONGA Day takes place on 31 March at Thokozani Conferencing at Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate in Wellington, Western Cape.

Four experts will share advice and insights on empowerment in the industry, as well as on opportunities for women and young people:

  • Denise Stubbs, managing director of Thokozani Wines, will talk about transformation in the industry;
  • Wendy Petersen, operations manager of the SA Wine Industry Transformation Unit (Sawitu), will share a vision for the future of an inclusive industry;
  • Inspiration comes from 24-year-old Kelsey Shungking, who has been a protégé of the Cape Winemakers Guild for the past three years; and
  • Brenton Maarman, lecturer in microbiology and viticulture at Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute, will focus on training and career opportunities for young people.

Only a limited number of people can attend the event on the day due to Covid-19 regulations, but those interested can join online for free from 10:00 to 13:00, ask questions and be part of the conversation by registering at www.siyabongadays.co.za.

The program is presented in English, but questions can also be asked in Afrikaans. For more information, contact Agri-Expo on 021 975 4440 or admin@agriexpo.co.za, visit www.agriexpo.co.za and www.livestock.org.za, and follow Agri-Expo on social media.

How water quality practices can benefit pollinators 

Wetlands are vital and recognised for their importance in protecting water quality, enhancing agricultural production, strengthening community health, and providing wildlife habitat. This webinar highlights how wetland protection and restoration can also support pollinator and other beneficial insect conservation. 

In this webinar you will learn more about how wetlands can support common pollinators and see examples of successful restoration projects that incorporated pollinator habitat.  

The webinar is presented by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and takes place at 20:00 to 21:30. Click here for more information.  

Weekly agricultural podcast 

Every week the Farmer’s Inside Track podcast brings you discussions and news about agriculture in Mzansi, farming tips, the latest in agritech, as well as some local recipes to try. If you want the latest inside info on agriculture in South Africa, you need to listen to this podcast! 

Listen to the podcast on Spotify, Google podcasts and Apple podcasts.

Effective marketing of farmstays in 2021 

This is a two-hour-long online workshop organised by Karoo Ranching. The workshop is aimed at farmstay owners wishing to promote their farmstays more effectively in 2021. It starts at 10:00 and goes until 12:00. 

Book your place in the workshop by mailing info@karooranching.co.za. 

Thursday, 01 April

Tackling child undernutrition at scale  

In this event, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) tells stories of change and successes in reducing childhood stunting.  

Lessons from deep research programmes, featured in the newly released Lancet series on maternal and child undernutrition, offer hope that big change is possible and provide specific direction for countries striving to accelerate progress on nutrition.  

View this event taking place at 13:30 to 15:00 by registering here. 

Sunday, 04 April

Advanced supervision training course 

Today is the start of a four-day training course on advanced supervision by the Protea Agri training centre. Contact Isaac Schoeman on 082 670 1636 for more info. 

How to get your event on our daily agri calendar

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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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