Happy Monday, Mzansi! Can you believe it’s already the end of April? Get your calendars out and take note of this week’s agriculture events that are taking place throughout South Africa, as well as online to be accessed from the comfort of your own home.
Check out the calendar on Food for Mzansi’s homepage as well as this weekly article, published every Monday, giving you the low-down on informative, useful and even lucrative opportunities in the agriculture sector. Email email@example.com to add your event to the calendar.
Monday, 26 April
International congress of biological control
The 2021 international congress of biological control, co-organized by CABI and IOBC, builds on the 1st International Congress of Biological Control held in Beijing in 2018. This international conference aims to provide a platform for multi and inter-disciplinary biological control research and application.
This congress is unique in serving as a meeting point for scientists and practitioners who are working on a breadth of biological control targets including insect pests, plant and animal diseases, weeds and invasive vertebrates.
The congress takes place online from 26 April to 30 April.
The Growing Summit will bring the leaders of the global cannabis industry together, exploring traditional cultivation methods or legacy growing methods. This summit is ideal for industry professionals and people looking to get into the cannabis industry and who want to further their knowledge.
Register here to take part in the summit from 26 to 28 April.
SA Elite studs function
The top studs of the 24 cattle breeds in SA’s Elite bull classes are recognised at this event. This annual function takes place virtually today.
Visit http://www.vleissentraal.co.za for more information.
Tuesday, 27 April
Van Zylsrus auction
This all-day auction is held in Van Zylsrus in the Northern Cape. Contact Jood Cloete on 082 410 2449 for more information.
Beef Shorthorn regional championship show
The Beef Shorthorn show takes place from 08:00 to 17:00 in Bloemfontein. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 051 410 0958 for more information.
Wednesday, 28 April
This all-day auction is held in Concordia in the Northern Cape. Contact Danna Kriek on 072 317 9728 for more information.
Going underground: Unearthing the role of soil organisms in plant health
This presentation will take you belowground to explore the microorganisms beneath our feet and the role they play in the nutrient cycles critical to plant growth and ecosystem sustainability.
As humanity becomes increasingly urbanised, researchers have observed that fewer people have close contact with the soil. Individuals tend to lose sight of the many ways in which they depend on soils for their prosperity and survival. This webinar will explore the roles soils play in ecosystems, with a focus on how they affect plant health.
The webinar starts at 19:00. Register for free here.
Thursday, 29 April
This all-day auction is held in Kuruman, Northern Cape. Contact Gerad Markram on 082 924 1166, or André Strauss on 083 317 9533 for more information.
High-level virtual dialogue on feeding Africa: leadership to scale up successful innovations
The African Development Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development, in partnership with the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa and the CGIAR System Organisation, will co-host this high-level dialogue on 29 and 30 April.
Forum participants will identify ways to expand activities, financing and partnerships that promote Africa’s agricultural transformation through technology and innovation.
Register here for this two–day online event.
Using genetics and genomics to improve food security
Agricultural production must scale up to feed the growing population, while simultaneously maintaining current standards of safety. Genomic technologies such as next generation sequencing, genome-wide association studies, and CRISPR genomic engineering facilitate breakthroughs in crop development.
In this webinar brought to you by The Scientist, Pamela Ronald and Kan Wang will explore some of the latest advances in the field of crop genetics and genomics that enhance food security.
Tune in at 21:30 by registering here.
Friday, 30 April
VKB and VKB Foods grand opening, Harrismith
VKB Foods grand opening starts at 08:00 today. You can join the event at 10 Piet Retief Street, Harrismith in the Free State. There will be giveaways, lucky draws, exhibitions, special promotions, live broadcasts and prizes to win at this exciting event!
Find more info on the grand opening here.
Register for Africa Agri Tech
Africa Agri Tech is positioned as the annual meeting point where the Southern African agricultural community can gather to explore the technological and scientific advances that will assist agribusinesses to maximise their outputs and increase their profitability in the future.
The conference takes place from 22 to 24 June 2021, but registrations must be done earlier. Find more information on the conference on the Africa Agri Tech website.
Saturday, 01 May
Eurasia World Congress on medicinal plants and natural products
The Eurasia World Congress on Medicinal Plants and Natural Products will be held in Gqbergha (formerly Port Elizabeth) on 01 and 02 May.
The conference provides a platform for professionals involved in medicinal plants and natural products to exchange knowledge and gain an insight into the state of the art in the current technology, techniques and solutions in medicinal plants and natural products as they have been developed and applied in different countries. Participants include a wide variety of stakeholders from research and academia to industrial sectors as well as government organisations.
Find more information on the conference website.