This week’s agriculture events: 1 to 7 November

Agriculture events: On the next Food For Mzansi #Farmspaces, we discuss setting up a business plan. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi

On the next Food For Mzansi #Farmspaces, we discuss setting up a business plan. Photo: Supplied/Food For Mzansi

The agricultural sector is cooking, as always. Between the COP26 and a vehicle auction, you are bound to find something that captures your interest. Here’s a rundown of informative agriculture events and opportunities for the next seven days. E-mail to have your event added to our weekly calendar.

Hello, Mzansi! Building resilient food systems is on this week’s agenda, with the Fund for Agricultural Development drawing attention to the issue at COP26. Food For Mzansi’s own #Farmspaces is exploring the usefulness of a solid business plan on Monday evening, and various wine organisations are discussing the future of the wine industry on Wednesday.

Check out the agriculture events calendar on Food For Mzansi’s home page as well as this weekly article, published every Monday, giving you the lowdown on informative, useful and even lucrative opportunities in the agriculture sector. Email to add your event to the calendar.  

Monday, 1 November

Join us for this week’s Food For Mzansi #FarmSpaces, with Gugulethu Mahlangu

Are you an aspirant farmer looking for more information on how to get into the agricultural sector? Do you have a smartphone and a Twitter account? Join us every Monday at 18:00 for Food For Mzansi #FarmSpaces, held in partnership with one of agriculture’s favourite daughters, Gugulethu Mahlangu.  This week, we are discussing how to put together a solid business plan and to make sure that your farming venture succeeds.

Follow us at @FoodforMzansi to participate.

Last day to get 10% off Bloem Show booking

The Bloem Show is taking place between 27 April and 7 May 2022. Monday is the last day you can earn a 10% discount when you book and pay for your exhibition space.

For more information, call 051 448 9894 or send an email to

United Nations Climate Change Conference

The United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference features the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26). The topic that the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will present across conference events, is the promotion of small-scale producers in climate change adaptation, mitigation and creating resilient food systems.

To take part in the events, click here.

Tuesday, 2 November

Public vehicle auction

With over 120 lots, Auction Operation is allowing same-day registration for their fleet vehicle auction. The auction, which is taking place in Johannesburg in Gauteng, can also be joined here, online.

For more information, contact Natasha on 081 786 0188 or 0861 114 665. 

Wednesday, 3 November

Enhancing food security through satellite data

Panellists from the University of Maryland, Columbia University, and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) are discussing how satellite data can be used to adapt agricultural strategies, and thus to enhance food security. Topics under discussion include using satellite and weather data to support the provision of agricultural insurance and how climate services can be used to guide and inform decision-making and policy development in the agricultural sector.

For more information, click here.

Skatkis Bonsmaras’ 18th production sale

With over 100 animals on offer, Skatkis Bonsmaras is holding its 18th production sale in Vryburg in North West. Bidders can potentially buy 100 female animals in all production stages, and 22 bulls.

For more information, contact Chris Visser on 082 410 6146, Albertus Venter on 083 336 0464 or Malcom Kock on 082 333 0911.

Click here to view the catalogue.

The future of the wine industry

In Worcester in the Western Cape, wine industry stakeholders are exploring ways to meet the Wine Industry strategic goals by 2025. The industry is discussing how to continue forward in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and is unpacking solutions and best practices.

For more information, click here.

ALSO READ: Climate change: Wine industry has little room to hide

Thursday, 4 November

Exploring sustainability in agriculture and forestry

The International Conference on Sustainable Agriculture, Environment and Forestry is starting on Thursday and will be featuring presentations from academics, researchers, practitioners and educators in the various sectors. The agricultural topics to be presented include data science and African indigenous knowledge and sustainable fashion.

To take part, click here.

Friday, 5 November

Applications towards commercialisation close in ten days

The department of agriculture, land reform and rural development (DALRRD) is inviting qualifying farmers to apply for support from the Jobs Fund programme. The purpose of the support is to move smallholder farmers into commercialisation. If approved, half the funding will be in the form of a grant and the other half in the form of a loan. Applications close at midday on 15 November 2021.

To check if you qualify, click here.

Saturday, 6 November

Cattle auction in Bloemfontein

Stockman’s Elite Borane is hosting a cattle auction at BeHuman in Bloemfontein in the Free State. With over 70 animals on offer, participants can make their bids online on SwiftVee.

For more information, call Fanie Els on 083 409 7381, Allan Sinclair on 082 528 0059 or Gideon Botha on 082 386 7724.

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