Three things happening in SA agriculture today, 23 September 2020

Today we track two virtual events that are kicking off for wine and crop farmers and urge students to get their bursary applications in

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It’s a new day in South African agriculture with new opportunities and events.

Today we are tracking two virtual events that are kicking off for wine and crop farmers. Agri-experts will discuss the challenges that service providers are facing to aggregate content from data providers in food and agricultural sciences.

The department of agriculture, land reform and rural development is also offering bursaries to graduates for the 2021 academic year.

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1. Winetech Vinpro webinar

The Winetech Vinpro webinar for Paarl and Swartland kicks of this morning from 09:00 to 11:00.

Covid-19 and climate are on the agenda for the webinar.

This will include a forecast of the way forward for the South African wine industry, including the impact of the pandemic on stock levels and wine prices, while participants will also be able to discuss the effect of climate change on the functioning and growth of newly planted vines.

Attendance costs R150 per person and registration is compulsory. You can book online or download the registration form on their website and pay via EFT.

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For enquiries you can contact Gaynor Fortuin on 021 276 0432 or email

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2. Bursaries to study a degree or diploma in agriculture

The department of agriculture, land reform and rural development (DALRRD) is inviting qualifying graduates who intend to pursue a degree or further their studies in bioresource engineering, agricultural engineering, veterinary sciences, entomology, food sciences, plant pathology, viticulture, animal sciences, town, urban or regional planning, and geographic and information sciences to apply for bursaries for the 2021 academic year.

The department also extends the invite to graduates who want to pursue a national diploma in food technology, surveying/cartography, and town and regional planning. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

It is important to note that in order to apply you need to be a South African citizen. Applicants who apply for fields that are not listed above will not be considered. No faxed, emailed, or late applications will be accepted, and each bursary application form needs to be accompanied by a certified ID, certificates, or performance results.

Applicants who are not in possession of their university acceptance letters of final results can submit their applications while waiting for the documents.

To find out more about where you can send your application and access an application form follow this link.

Applications close on 30 November 2020

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3. Crop grower virtual conference

Crops growers are invited to join the third day of the Syngenta Fields of Innovation virtual event. Today the growers and the entire value chain will be able to connect with international experts virtually in an event that puts growers at the heart of everything.

Attendees will discover how to create value through innovation, tap into an unmatched level of quality and expertise and find new solutions that are making a real-world difference to enable them to maximize the output of their crops sustainably.

Visitors will also be given a 3D experience where they can browse the entire trial field, selecting crops that interest them. You’ll be able to dive further where you will be shown videos, discover the characteristics of various varieties and even ask questions to a field expert right then and there.

If you are captivated book your virtual seat.

  • Do you have an upcoming event that should be on Food For Mzansi’s watchlist? Drop us an email to and we’ll do our best to include it in this weekday feature.

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