January is almost over, and it looks like our agricultural calendars are returning to normal. This week’s events include auctions, webinars and agri opportunities galore. Here’s the lineup of opportunities for the next seven days. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your event added to our weekly calendar.
Hello Mzansi! The first month of 2022 has almost slipped by and, as always, the agricultural sector is on the go. This week you can look forward to celebrating horticulture, soil science and crop production at the Combined Congress 2022. Farmers in the Northern Cape can also look forward to a visit from the minister of water and sanitation, and we answer your most pressing farming questions on #GatherToGrow, Food For Mzansi’s weekly session on Twitter Spaces.
To check out other agri events, have a look at the calendar on Food for Mzansi’s home page, as well as this weekly article, published every Monday, to get the lowdown on informative, useful and even lucrative opportunities in the agriculture sector. Email email@example.com to add your event to the calendar.
Monday, 24 January
Register for Combined Congress 2022
The Combined Congress is a three-day, annual congress of three scientific societies, including Soil Science Society of South Africa (SSSSA), Southern African Society for Horticultural Sciences (SASHS) and the South African Society of Crop Production (SASCP). The subject of this year’s congress is “What is the new normal for agriculture to ensure sustainable livelihood in Africa?”.
Click here for more information.
The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA)
The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) takes place this Monday and aims to unpack global agricultural and food policies. The forum takes place over five days and sees around 3 000 participants from various sections of society taking part.
Click here to register.
Water and sanitation minister visits Northern Cape
The minister of water and sanitation, Senzo Mchunu, as well as deputy ministers David Mahlobo and Dikeledi Magadzi, will be visiting the Northern Cape for a three-day assessment session of the province’s water and sanitation systems. They will be meeting with the Northern Cape premier, Zamani Saul.
Click here for details.
Tuesday, 25 January
Unlocking the promise of Africa’s food system
Partners in Food Solutions, a non-profit organisation focused on increasing African food security, nutrition and economic development, is hosting a webinar to explore how manufacturing processes can increase the value of primary agricultural commodities on the continent.
You can register here.
Wednesday, 26 January
Join us for this week’s Food For Mzansi #GatherToGrow
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 Wednesday at 18:00 for Food For Mzansi #GatherToGrow, where we discuss anything and everything related to agriculture. This week we discuss livestock farming and what to farm in which province.
Follow us at @FoodforMzansi to participate!
Exploring integrated land use implementation
The BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes (ISFL) is hosting a two-series webinar on implementing integrated land use initiatives for sustainable development. The second webinar, held this Wednesday, includes the topics of boundary setting, land tenure, financing strategies and cross-sectoral coordination.
To register for the event, click here.
Thursday, 27 January
Register for Land Conference 2022
The Institute of Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape, or PLAAS, is hosting the 2022 Land Conference, in partnership with the University of Cape Town and Wits University. The conference takes place from 23 February 2022 and focuses on the issues around tenure security, customary land rights and dispossession.
Register for the conference here.
Join the CRI Postharvest Workshops
Citrus Research International (CRI) is hosting a number of workshops across the country to prepare the citrus postharvest industry for the upcoming season. The first two-day session kicks off in Limpopo on Thursday, with the last workshop taking place in the Western Cape in February.
To sign up, click here.
Friday, 28 January
Ninth Something Meaty Production Auction
Something Meaty is hosting their ninth production auction this Friday. On offer are 130 Dormer and Suffolk rams, 70 Suffolk ewes and 30 Dormer ewes. There are also 200 commercial ewes on offer. The auction will also take place online, on SwiftVee.
Click here for more details.
2022 South African Dairy Championships
Entries for the country’s older dairy competition is back and dairy producers from across the country are invited to enter. With more than 100 classes for cheese, yoghurt and other dairy products, participants compete for the title of SA Champion, the Qualité mark of excellence, and the ultimate Product of the Year. Entries close on 1 February 2022.
Click here for more information.