Like other agricultural industries, the South African dairy sector is optimistic, despite the obstacles they face.
That’s right! Farmers and industry players alike strive to build a more sustainable and competitive industry, and in this week’s weekend edition of Food For Mzansi’s Farmer’s Inside Track, we meet Kireshni Naiker, an animal scientist and programme co-ordinator of a dairy event that is aimed on doing just that.
In the episode, Naiker chats about the much anticipated three-day conference to be hosted by KPR Conference and Trading at the Ascot Conference Centre in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal next month.
Staying on top of things
The interactive event, focused on sharing guidelines to dairy farming in South Africa for sustainability and profitability, will expose the attendees to everything they need to know about dairy cows and running a successful dairy business.
Their goal, Naiker says, is to inform participants about the latest changes in dairy farming and management.
“I belong to agricultural groups on social media and people want information about the dairy industry. There’s youth that also want to be involved in the sector, but feel that they are knocking on a door that no one wants to open.
“Which is why we put this programme together, so that we can give access to small-scale and emerging farmers to information [that will help them] farm profitability.”
According to Naiker, there is not much growth for dairy farmers in South Africa.
While she’s seen many efforts and programme initiatives implemented to grow the poultry, beef, and pork industries, not much has to be done for the dairy industry in terms of catering to small-scale and emerging farmers, Naiker says.
In the podcast, Naiker also discusses:
- Ways in which the industry can band together;
- First-hand knowledge of a dairy operation; and
- All you need to know about their upcoming event.
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