Four things happening in SA agriculture today, 3 November 2020

A gathering of bright youth agripreneurs, an important webinar on water policy and resources, parliament tending to agri-related matters and a policy check on wildlife hunting, breeding and trade

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Here are a few things worth noting on Mzansi’ agricultural calendar today.

First up is an exciting three-part webinar featuring some of Africa’s brightest agripreneurs. We also check out a timely webinar on water legislation and policies in South Africa. Toiling away in the virtual corridors of parliament today, two committees are deliberating pressing agriculture-related matters.

But let’s start with Africa’s sharpest agri-minds.


Africa’s youth agripreneurs seize the decade

Some of Africa’s brightest agripreneurs are currently taking part in the African Youth Agripreneur Forum (AYAF) and AgriPitch Competition.

The annual event also includes the AYAF Conference themed “Driving Sustainable Nutrition and Gender Inclusivity in Africa’s Agri-Food Systems: Youth Agripreneurs Seize the Decade.”

This is will be hosted in three weekly webinars from today (Tuesday, 3 November) to Tuesday, 17 November 2020. The dedicated platform will see youth agripreneurs and key stakeholders discuss and debate topical issues affecting youth employment with experts, business leaders, investors and policymakers.

Participants can also look forward to a three-day AgriPitch boot camp where they will receive training by coaches, mentors, and investors on:

  • product development
  • identification of revenue channels
  • logistics
  • marketing
  • business management
  • investment readiness
  • financing.
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At the end of the boot camp, the agripreneurs pitch their business proposals to a panel of judges for the chance to win a money. The final pitching by the agripreneurs will take place during the week of 16 and 17 November 2020.

Register to attend day one of the webinar series: African Youth Agripreneur Forum (AYAF) and AgriPitch Competition


Nedbank water webinar

Have you heard of the new water master plan and are you keen to know what its potential impacts will be for Mzansi’s farming landscape? Well, you are invited to Nedbank’s free water webinar themed “The future of water in SA’s agricultural sector”.

The webinar starts this morning at 09:00 and runs until 10:30. On the discussion table are water legislation and the new water plan. The webinar seeks to answer questions about what the impact will be for the different regions and the water users.

Speakers James Brand, senior associate in ENSafrica’s Natural Resources and Environment department, and Shelly Fuller from World Wide Fund for Nature-SA are scheduled to address attendees.

Using case studies and current trends they will focus on the water context of the Western Cape as well as understanding water legislation, availability, rights, allocations, and licensing issues.

Click here to register: Nedbank water webinar or contact for any further queries.


Liquor products amendment Bill and ULTRA Bill discussed

The portfolio committee on agriculture, land reform and rural development is back with parliamentary discussions on the adoption of the report on the ULTRA Bill.

Furthermore, they are taking note of reservations raised by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the Liquor Products Amendment Bill. The committee will be briefed by a parliamentary support official.

The virtual meeting will take place at 09:00 and those interested can view the 3-hour meeting via the parliamentary YouTube Channel. Parliament of the Republic of South Africa.


Policy check: Wildlife breeding, hunting and trade

Also congregating virtually at 09:00 is the portfolio committee on environment, forestry and fisheries.

The committee members will be briefed by the high-level panel on the review of policies, legislation, and practices relating to the management, breeding, hunting, trade and handling of elephant, lion, leopard, and rhinoceros.

The virtual meeting is scheduled to run for about two-and-a-half hours. Those with an interest can tune in via the parliamentary YouTube channel Parliament of the Republic of South Africa.

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