The farmers’ television show, Vir die liefde van die land, is back by popular demand. The first episode, featuring Free State farmers Samson Mahlaba and Coenraad Fick, hits the screens at 18:30 tonight. Other highlights for the day include a global agricultural forum and a business programme with a green twist.
GreenTech programme for female entrepreneurs
Future Females Business School, presented by the UK-South Africa Tech Hub, begins the final application countdown for its GreenTech programme. There are only 30 spots available on the three-month programme.
Mzansi’s female entrepreneurs with early-stage businesses are encouraged to apply, including those with their own farmers’ markets and food plant nurseries. UK-South Africa Tech Hub director Shirley Gilbey says the GreenTech programme will equip local women with the skills and best practices needed to start and grow successful tech businesses.
Farmers’ show in new prime-time slot
The TV show that put Mzansi’s new era farmers on the map is back with a bang. Vir die liefde van die land, brought to you by VKB and Food For Mzansi, has two new prime time slots: Mondays at 18:30 and Sundays at 18:00.
Tonight, presenter Ivor Price and Piet Potgieter, VKB’s manager: developing agriculture, kicks off the series by visiting Samson Mahlaba on his farm in Reitz in the Free State. After a 50-year journey as a farmworker, Mahlaba is now a farmer in his own right under the mentorship of Coenraad Fick.
“I learned everything on a farm,” Mahlaba says. “It’s like a tree. I grew from a seedling in the ground, growing and growing on the farm. That’s why I grew into a farmer.”
Catch the show on VIA, DStv channel 147.
Global Forum on Food and Agriculture
The future of the global agri-food industry will be on the agenda at this annual international conference hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection.
This year’s conference aims to answer one question: “How to feed the world in times of pandemics and climate change?” It kicks off virtually today and is scheduled until Friday.
Representatives from the worlds of politics, business, agriculture, science and civil society share ideas and enhance their understanding on a selected topic of current agricultural policy. It is the world’s largest conference of agriculture ministers.