Explore the future of agriculture at the Mzansi Young Farmers Indaba from 4 to 6 April in Pretoria North. With tickets priced at just R250 per day, seize the opportunity to gain expert insights and connect with those poised to turn your farming dreams into reality.
Farming can be a lonely career, but for Lucia Khetsi, the upcoming Mzansi Young Farmers Indaba promises not only an exploration of hot topics shaping agriculture but also an unique opportunity to break the solitude that often accompanies the profession.
Scheduled to take place from Thursday, 4 to Saturday, 6 April at Lavender Kontrei Mark in Pretoria North, the indaba is set to welcome 1 300 attendees over a three-day period. The third day – a new addition to the annual Food For Mzansi event – is set aside for optional practical demonstrations and exhibitions, also open to the public.
Khetsi, a crop farmer based in Gauteng, already secured her indaba ticket via Quicket. At just R250 per day the event will feature the who’s who of the agriculture sector, bringing investment and market opportunities to young farmers and agripreneurs.
“Who knows where the fostered relationships might take us,” said Khetsi. “It may lead to collaborations, information sharing and problem solving of challenges one might not have been able to resolve alone.”
She sees the Mzansi Young Farmers Indaba not just as a networking opportunity but also as a gateway to forming closer relationships with developmental organisations within the agricultural sector.
Food For Mzansi co-founder Ivor Price described the upcoming indaba as the publication’s biggest event to date. “We’re very pleased to also receive registrations from farmers in the Sadec region and beyond. And we love hearing how many up-and-coming farmers have begun making traveling and accommodation arrangements.”
Invaluable connections and networking
Meanwhile, Sibusiso Masanabo, an aspiring farmer from Pretoria currently in the process of acquiring land, has also secured an early-bird ticket for the upcoming indaba. His choice to attend the event was driven by a desire for motivation and inspiration, seeking insights from seasoned farmers to bolster his journey into agriculture.
“I had promised myself that this year I need to cultivate my aspiration through being in the midst of those already in the field,” said Masanabo.
This year’s indaba features a dedicated area showcasing 60 agriculture-related exhibitions, along with a selection of six masterclasses. Agricultural and other enterprises interested in participating in the exhibition can use this link to connect with Food For Mzansi.
Take your business to the next level
While the indaba primarily centres on issues facing young farmers and agripreneurs, Price emphasised that anyone eager to expedite their path towards commercialisation is welcome to attend. He noted that the event serves an ideal platform to forge partnerships, fostering growth and offering attendees new possibilities and opportunities to explore.
This is precisely why 49-year-old Phineas Thebyane eagerly seized the chance to attend the Mzansi Young Farmers Indaba. “I want to be a fly on the wall, absorbing valuable experiences to apply to my business,” said Thebyane, who operates a chicken farming business specialising in layers in Roodepoort, Gauteng.
He has recently ventured into cattle farming with his uncle. As a newcomer to the sector, he expressed the need for exposure to and learning from experienced voices, catching up on innovations, and being introduced to new approaches in agriculture.
What are you waiting for?
Organisers said the Mzansi Young Farmers Indaba promises to be more than just an event – it’s a celebration of passion, innovation, and collaboration within the agricultural community. For only R250 per day, you can be part of this transformative experience.
Secure your ticket today through Quicket or conveniently at any Pick n Pay, Pick n Pay Clothing, or Pick n Pay Liquor store. Act swiftly, and join Food For Mzansi in co-creating the new face of South African agriculture.
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