Irrigation: Prestigious symposium comes to Mzansi

The Western Cape department of agriculture will host the prestigious 10th International Symposium on Irrigation of Horticultural Crops in 2023

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A prestigious international symposium on irrigation and horticultural crops is coming to South Africa in 2023, and will be hosted by the Western Cape department of agriculture.

The 10th International Symposium on Irrigation of Horticultural Crops will see an expert group of approximately 120 international and South African irrigation and horticultural scientists welcomed to Stellenbosch on 29 January 2023.

irrigation: Dr Ivan Meyer, the Western Cape minister of agriculture. Photo: Supplied
Dr Ivan Meyer, the Western Cape minister of agriculture. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi

During the four-day symposium at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study Conference Centre the Western Cape department’s research staff and local students will engage and collaborate with international experts from countries such as Spain, Italy and the USA

According to the Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, the symposium will provide an excellent opportunity to showcase the rich diversity of irrigated horticultural crop production in the Western Cape and South Africa.

“The Western Cape offers excellent local research on water use and measures to increase water use efficiency, modern irrigation technologies and practices, lessons learned from the 2015-2018 drought, and world-leading understanding of climate change risks and adaptation,” Meyer says.

The Western Cape department of agriculture will be the primary host of this prestigious symposium of the International Society for Horticultural Science. Partners include the Southern African Society for Horticultural Science, water research institutions, commodity organisations for fruit, wine and vegetables, and key role players in the private sector.

Irrigation: Prof Stephanie Midgley, climate change and risk assessment expert of the Western Cape department of agriculture. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi
Prof Stephanie Midgley, climate change and risk assessment expert of the Western Cape department of agriculture. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi
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Prof Stephanie Midgley, climate change and risk assessment expert of the department, has been nominated as the overall convenor, supported by two co-convenors from Stellenbosch University and the University of Pretoria, and a committee of local and international scientists.

Midgley says, “The department’s researchers will contribute presentations on several key projects, including FruitLook, a satellite-based online irrigation decision support tool.”

“The symposium will also allow the department’s research staff and local students to engage and collaborate with international experts from countries such as Spain, Italy and the USA,” she adds.  

The previous International Symposium on Irrigation of Horticultural Crops was held in Matera, Italy in 2019.

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