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8 things happening in SA agri today, 7 October 2020

It's World Cotton Day, we attend Agri SA's annual conference and a virtual expo for Africa's vets, to name just a few


It is another busy Wednesday in the world of agriculture! On our radar today is Agri SA’s virtual congress, as well as a two-day vet expo and the cannabis edible webinars.

Cotton SA is celebrating the world’s most versatile natural fibre on World Cotton Day and Daylin Paul will be taking us on a virtual exhibition of broken land. You can also tune into Absa’s Top 10 Pinotage 2020 awards ceremony and students are invited to take part in a entrepreneur week.

Finally, there is now only one more day until the TV show, Vir die liefde van die land, produced by VKB in collaboration with Food For Mzansi, hits our television screens.


Agri SA virtual congress

It is day 1 of the much-anticipated Agri SA congress. The two-day event will give you a holistic overview of most of the sectors in agriculture for free in the comfort of your own home.

Today’s programme will give an overview of the different centres of excellence, including natural resources, labour development, land, economics and trade, rural safety and disaster risk. Agri SA’s chamber activities and challenges will also be discussed.

A definite programme highlight is at 12:30 when Welmar Ras from the RSA Group will be presenting and taking questions on the latest buying patterns and consumer trends.

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To attend, click here before 09:00 today.


Two-day Vet Expo Africa kicks off

Like every industry, animal health is changing. To help you stay up to speed, Africa’s vets and animal health professionals will come together to share expertise and navigate the challenges and changes they are facing.

The Vet Expo, starting at 09:00 this morning, is Africa’s first fully digital veterinary and animal health event. The expo brings you insights from more than 100 leading stakeholders across a series of live presentations, roundtables and panel discussions.

Join in live or watch the sessions on demand.


Broken land virtual exhibition

You are invited to a virtual exhibition of Broken Land by the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) at 15:00. They will be honouring ten years of activism, advocacy and litigation for environmental justice.

The centre will host a virtual photographic exhibition by award-winning photographer and activist Daylin Paul. Hosted by CER head of communications, Lerato Letebele Balendran, Paul will tell the stories of the land, the people and polluters in Mpumalanga while accompanying you on a tour of the Broken Land collection.

To be part of this virtual adventure, book your seat virtually.


Cannabis edibles webinar

Cheeba Africa invites you to a Cannabis edibles webinar that will be exploring the rapidly rising South African edibles industry.

This webinar will address all things related to cannabis edibles, including the important topic of dosing, and they will look at both the legal & underground edibles market in South Africa. An exciting panel of guests from all over the world will be expanding on this topic.

The event will start at 20:00, so don’t miss out!


Absa Top 10 Pinotage 2020 awards ceremony

The time has finally come for Absa to announce its 2020 Absa Top Ten Pinotage winners. It will take place during a Facebook live at 11:00. The ceremony happens annually and features some of the greatest Pinotage makers in Mzansi. If you want to find out who will be crowned, join their Facebook live.


Entrepreneurship in AgriScience webinar

Are you ready to take part in Student Entrepreneur Week? We think it’s time to feel more inspired and less quarin-tired… Join the week hosted by Stellenbosch University’s SU LaunchLab. They will be hosting a series of three very exciting webinars on the value of turning agri-innovation into lucrative business opportunities.

Their guest speakers are Dr Albert Strever from the SU AgriScience Innovation Hub, Antoine van Heerden, founder of ButtaNutt, and Andrew Taylor, director of business development at SU LaunchLab.

Follow this link to register.


Cotton SA leads World Cotton Day celebrations!

You are invited to celebrate World Cotton Day with the rest of South Africa in a live-streamed cotton webinar facilitated by TV presenter, author and co-founder of Food For Mzansi, Ivor Price.

The theme for this event is “Celebrating the uniqueness of cotton, the only crop that is both a fibre and a food crop”. Emphasis will be placed on the sustainability of cotton and highlighting the facts on cotton production, countering the many industry myths.

For free last-minute registrations to this webinar, please register online.  The first 50 local participants will also stand a chance to win a hamper.


Only one more day before new farmer’s TV show

Excitement is building as there is now only one more day before the launch of South Africa’s first television show celebrating the unsung heroes of agriculture.

In collaboration with the VKB group, Food For Mzansi criss-crossed the country for a ten-episode series called Vir die liefde van die land. The show will be broadcasted every Thursday evening at 18:00 on VIA, DStv channel 147, with further repeats on Sundays at 20:00, Saturdays at 10:30 and Mondays at 08:00.

During a secret watch-party to selected viewers, Vir die liefde van die land was described as raw, real and cutting-edge – a truly cinematic experience about the powerful mentorship relationships between up-and-coming and commercial farmers who collaborate to make a notable contribution to food security and social cohesion in the country.

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Sinesipho Tom
Sinesipho Tom
Sinesipho Tom is an audience engagement journalist at Food for Mzansi. Before joining the team, she worked in financial and business news at Media24. She has an appetite for news reporting and has written articles for Business Insider, Fin24 and Parent 24. If you could describe Sinesipho in a sentence you would say that she is a small-town girl with big, big dreams.


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