The agriculture sector never stops, not even in pandemic times. This week, you can take part in online livestock auctions and webinars, and you can even take a course on using drones in farming! Here’s a rundown of informative agriculture events and opportunities for the next seven days. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to have your event added to our weekly calendar.
Happy Monday, Mzansi! It’s a work-from-home type of week this week, with most in-person gatherings cancelled due to our new lockdown regulations.
Not to worry, though. You can still get loads done this week online, starting with a course on drone technology in precision agriculture. Offered by Drone Safety Legal and the University of Pretoria, the course explores the various ways you can use drones to improve your farming.
Food systems is still a hot topic in the agriculture sector, with Tuesday’s webinar from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) exploring how aquaculture can be used as a solution to food inequality.
Check out the calendar on Food for Mzansi’s homepage as well as this weekly article, published every Monday, for more information on informative, useful, and even lucrative opportunities in the agriculture sector. Email email@example.com to add your event to the calendar.
Monday, 05 July
Food for Mzansi and Gugulethu Mahlangu partner up for Food For Mzansi #FarmSpaces
Join Food For Mzansi #FarmSpaces on Twitter this Monday as we discuss the relatively niche industry of rabbit farming. The sector has loads of potential just waiting to be explored and may provide some relief to the ongoing question of food security.
On the panel is Onaolapo Farouq, Nigerian rabbit farmer and CEO of Olayimika Farms, Thusoetsile Lebaleng, rapper turned rabbit farmer in the North West, Lesego Morapeli, laboratory technician at AfriSam and rabbit farmer in Mahikeng, and Daisy Moleko, rabbit farmer and founder of Tjhesa Rabbit Buy & Braai Outlets.
To participate in the discussion, log into Twitter at 18:00 using your mobile phone and follow our Twitter account, @foodformzani, to access the Space.
Learning how to use drone technology in precision agriculture
Drone Safety Legal (DSL) and the University of Pretoria are offering a short course on the use of drones in precision agriculture. Participants will be introduced to techniques that allow them to monitor field and plant health conditions over large areas, as well as using drones for yield and flowering estimations. The training also touches on the identification of invasive plant species and hail or frost damage exploration.
To learn more about this course, click here.
Six Star weaner sale taking place online
BKB Louwid and the Six Star Group are hosting an online weaner auction on Monday. Starting at 12:00, participants can bid on lots of 50, 80 or 100. There are a total of 3200 animals on sale. For more information on the auction, contact Gert Burger on 082 822 1952 or Jan Mostert on 08 3 306 8408.
You can view the event poster here.
Tuesday, 06 July
Unpacking the effects of the EU Green Deal on business
The third session in the Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) “Understanding and Working Within the EU Green Deal” webinar series takes place today. The session will focus on how the EU Green Deal impacts business and commercial ventures. The Green Deal aims to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.
For more information on the webinar series, click here.
Exploring evidence-based aquatic food solutions
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and WorldFish are hosting a webinar exploring how aquatic foods can contribute to the strengthening and transformation of food systems. The panelists will be exploring the production, processing, trade, and consumption of aquatic foods in recent years and will unpack innovation in aquatic food science.
Register for the webinar here.
Wednesday, 07 July
Western Cape High court hears interdict application from Vinpro
On 29 June 2021, Vinpro lodged an urgent interdict application against the alcohol sales ban in the Western Cape. The hearing of the application was originally scheduled for 2 July but was postponed at the behest of the National Government’s legal counsel.
For any queries or questions, contact Wanda Augustyn on 021 276 0458 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exploring Food System sustainability
The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD), along with a number of partners, is hosting a webinar on sustainable and resilient food development in sub-Saharan Africa. Participants and panelists in the webinar will review the results of adaptive research and development in countries where this research was applied.
Registration for this online event is mandatory. Click here for more information.
Thursday, 08 July
Covid-19’s effect on women fish farmers across Africa
The African Women Fish Processors and Traders Network (AWFISHNET) is hosting a webinar to explore how Covid-19 has affected women involved in fish farming and aquaculture. The panelists represent women from North, West, and East Africa, and will delve into the effects of the pandemic on women involved in the harvesting, processing, sales, distribution and packaging of fish.
To register, click here.
Friday, 09 July
Kromspruit Dohne-Merino and Bovelder Consecutive production sale
The Kromspruit Dohne-Merino and Bovelder Consecutive production sale is taking place online on bidding platform SwiftVee. On offer are 670 Dohne-Merinos and 50 Bovelder bulls. The ewes on sale are certified and heavily pregnant, with lambing expected in August 2021. The bulls have been tested by Veldbull SA.
For more information on how to register, click here.