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Three things happening in SA agriculture today, 21 August 2020

AI booms in agriculture, more time to comment on development zones for renewable energy, and more exciting career opportunities with AgriSETA Learner Connect


Innovation is what keeps agriculture on the leading edge, and a new research report shows that artificial intelligence (AI) in the sector is booming worldwide.

Also on the Food For Mzansi watchlist today, Barbara Creecy, the minister of environment, forestry and fisheries, has granted an extension for public comment on the areas identified as renewable energy development zones (REDZ). And today on AgriSETA Learner Connect, Mzansi’s high school learners are introduced to another exciting career in agriculture.


AI booms in agriculture

A new research report shows that artificial intelligence (AI) in agriculture is booming worldwide.

The report by Verified Market Research titled, “AI in Agriculture Market Report” focuses on vital aspects of the market. It provides detailed new figures on the value of the AI in agriculture market and its expected growth in upcoming years. It also focuses on all the latest technological innovations, industry trends and other market data.

Amongst other things, the report also describes the key challenges and possible threats. Major companies profiled in the report include Bayer CropScience AG, Case IH Agriculture, John Deere, Farmers Edge Granular AG and more.


Comment on renewable energy development zones

An extension has been granted for public comment on the geographical areas identified as renewable energy development zones (REDZ) for wind and solar and required environmental authorisation processes.

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Public input was also requested on the identification of procedures to be followed when applying for, and deciding on, environmental authorisation applications for renewable energy development zone (REDZ) activities.

REDZ’s refer to geographical areas where wind and solar energy development can occur in concentrated zones.

Members of the public are invited to submit written comments or input by 4 September 2020. For more information, contact Dr Dee Fischer on dfischer@environment.gov.za.


High school learners, look out

If you know a high school learner who is at that awkward age of having to choose a future career to start working towards, do them a favour and tell them about AgriSETA Learner Connect. It offers the opportunity to discover a plethora of new career possibilities in agriculture, all considered essential and scarce skills for South Africa’s future.

AgriSETA Learner Connect presented in partnership with Food For Mzansi and distributed as a podcast as well as on 19 different radio stations, seeks to introduce Mzansi’s high school learners to the coolest study and career opportunities within the sector.

How to listen to AgriSETA Learner Connect:

Option 1: Click here to listen on Spotify (all mobile and other devices).

Option 2: Click here to listen on any Apple device.

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Duncan Masiwa
Duncan Masiwa
DUNCAN MASIWA is a budding journalist with a passion for telling great agricultural stories. He hails from Macassar, close to Somerset West in the Western Cape, where he first started writing for the Helderberg Gazette community newspaper. Besides making a name for himself as a columnist, he is also an avid poet who has shared stages with artists like Mahalia Buchanan, Charisma Hanekam, Jesse Jordan and Motlatsi Mofatse.


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