With a new focus on urban farming, the organisers of the popular Agri Gauteng Ekspo have confirmed that the event will now be held in a virtual format in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The annual agricultural trade show has become a lifeline for young farmers and newcomers seeking first-hand knowledge and exposure to best practices and opportunities in farming. The virtual expo will be from 4 to 15 October 2021.
In a statement, Agri Gauteng announced that restrictions and social distancing implications under the current level 4 lockdown regulations prevented the organisation from hosting an in-person event.
This year’s Agri Gauteng Ekspo will be “putting on a new coat”, according to a release issued by its president, Dr Willem Pretorius.
“The expo will expose young and upcoming farmers, irrespective of race, creed or gender, to an industry that holds the possibility of sustainable job creation and, therefore, poverty alleviation.”
Pretorius adds that both Agri SA and Agri Gauteng remain committed to developing a stable and profitable agricultural environment in South Africa.
The new virtual format will include a network of different organisations and training for Gauteng farmers. The programme will also prioritise technology awareness, exposure to available markets and financial challenged faced by young farmers.
Practical exposure, training and development of farming practices across 11 focus areas will be offered. This includes rabbits, pork and goats, poultry, bees, aquaponics, vegetables and dairy farming, among others.
- Gauteng-based young farmers who wish to attend can call Juanita da Matta on 071 457 2696 or email email@example.com. Remember to tell them that you were referred by Food For Mzansi. The organisers are also inviting young farmers to showcase their urban farming initiatives.