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Four things happening in SA agriculture today, 1 December 2020

Parliament meets to discuss released state land, virtual silo expo, international future of food webinar, and networking opportunity in Cape Town

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Good morning Mzansi! Let’s look at what the first day of December has in store for the agricultural community of South Africa. High up on the agenda is a parliamentary briefing by the department of agriculture regarding released state land.

There is also a very exciting agricultural expo kicking off today and another virtual event on the future of food. Are you in need of a good networking opportunity? Then the WOW Web speedy networking event might just be for you.

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Committee discusses released state land

The portfolio committee on agriculture, land reform and rural development, is expected to be briefed by the department on the release and allocation of state land to applicants.

Thousands applied for state-owned land which was made available by the minister of agriculture, Thoko Didiza, in October. However, some farmers have been at loggerheads with the state for advertising their farms on the list of available state land for agricultural purposes.

The virtual meeting will take place at 09:00 and is expected to last until 12:00. Those who wish to watch can tune in via the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa YouTube channel.

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Silo virtual expo 2020

The Silo Magazine invites you to gather with business leaders, companies and customers as it celebrates ten years of existence at this year’s Silo Virtual Expo 2020.

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The virtual event, themed “The Parable of the Sower”, will see different stakeholders in agriculture come together to reflect on the success and challenges in levelling the ground to a better Lesotho through agricultural productivity.

Keynote speakers will unpack compact development on irrigation, the global wool and mohair industry post covid-19, the future of world agriculture and food security and more.

Speakers to look forward to include Keketso Chalatse (CEO, Lesotho Millennium Development Agency), Dr. Theo de Jager (president, World Farmer’s Organisation), and Andrew Pape (managing director, Modiano SA).

For information and to register, visit the Silo Expo Facebook page.

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The future of food virtual conference

The annual future of food conference returns this year as a virtual event and you are invited.

The two-day event taking place today and tomorrow (1 and 2 December) brings together EU policymakers, EIT Food partners and other key stakeholders active in agri-food research, innovation and education.

Along the whole food value chain, the conference will provide a high-level platform to discuss future trends and priorities in food innovation in Europe, looking at these in the broader context of both the UN sustainable development goals and key objectives of the EU Food 2030 policy.

Day one’s programme, which will focus on identifying the most promising and innovative solutions to support the EU farm to fork strategy, kicks off at 10:00 and goes until 13:45.

This event is free to attend, but registration is mandatory. For more information on how to participate, contact Mair Carter at mair.carter@forum-europe.com.

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Networking opportunity

Need an opportunity to network? The WOW Web speedy networking event is in Cape Town and they are here to help.

People who are seeking to gain traction online and promote businesses are encouraged to join this event. The online event starting at 10:00 will last an hour and aims to spark new connections with businesses that will be mutually beneficial.

It will allow attendees to make new connections and build on business relationships by interacting with as many attendees.

To find out more about how you can participate, click here: WOW Web speedy networking event.

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Duncan Masiwa
Duncan Masiwa
DUNCAN MASIWA is a budding journalist with a passion for telling great agricultural stories. He hails from Macassar, close to Somerset West in the Western Cape, where he first started writing for the Helderberg Gazette community newspaper. Besides making a name for himself as a columnist, he is also an avid poet who has shared stages with artists like Mahalia Buchanan, Charisma Hanekam, Jesse Jordan and Motlatsi Mofatse.
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