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Three things happening in SA agriculture today, 22 September 2020

Today we track two virtual events for crop farmers as well as for women in the international fresh produce supply chain.


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On another busy day in South African agriculture, these are the top three things you should take note of happening in Mzansi’s dynamic agricultural space.

Today, we track two virtual events for crop farmers as well as for women in the international fresh produce supply chain. But first up is a garden unveiling by the deputy minister of environment, forestry and fisheries.

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1. Remembrance garden unveiled

Makhotso Sotyu, the deputy minister of environment, forestry and fisheries, will as part of the national Arbor Month campaign unveil a plaque and hand over a remembrance garden.

The event, scheduled to take place in Joubert Park, Johannesburg, will also include tree-planting activities led by the minister and supported by the City of Johannesburg leadership.

The campaign calls on all South Africans to plant indigenous trees as a practical gesture of sustainable environmental management.

The commemorative tree planting will deal with the remembrance and commemoration of all frontline professionals and workers who dedicated their efforts towards preventing and fighting the covid-19 pandemic and to those who had fallen as a result of being infected with the virus.

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2. Last in the series of women’s fresh perspectives events

It is the final session in a series of four fresh perspectives events for women, hosted by the international Produce Marketing Association (PMA).

Today the focus is on innovation in the face of change: “You’ve weathered the storm; you’ve stared adversity in the face and said, “I’m ready!” But did you manage or make a difference? Did you stand strong but miss your chance to make a brilliant move? Change not only presents us with the challenge of surviving it, but a chance to build something new – to innovate. The saying “Necessity is the mother of invention” came from the need to create new things to solve problems – to not just use existing tools with greater determination.”

The free event at 17:30. To register for today’s free programme and workshop session, visit PMA Virtual Event Series.

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3. Fields of innovation for crop growers

Are you up for an event that puts growers at the heart of everything? The second day of the Syngenta Fields of Innovation virtual event takes flight today.

Today, in the digital world, attendees will be introduced to new and innovative varieties while being connected with international experts.

Innovative qualities such as improved heat tolerance and more efficient harvesting are just some of the breakthroughs you can discover at this year’s Fields of Innovation.

Those attending will have the opportunity to experience the very best that Syngenta Vegetable Seeds has to offer and discover how they are creating value through innovation. They are also bringing new advances to market that keep pace with customers’ needs and changing farming conditions. Book your virtual seat now.

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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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