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Three things happening in SA agriculture today, 24 September 2020

Beekeepers of the continent unite, discover new crops in a virtual event and meet a molecular scientist in AgriSETA Learner Connect

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Happy heritage day, Mzansi! Let us toast to South Africa’s rich heritage as we spend the day recognising and celebrating our cultural wealth and diversity as a nation. Right, now on to what is taking place today on the fields of agriculture.

On Food For Mzansi’s radar today are an international beekeepers’ meeting, a global gathering of the entire vegetable value chain and the spotlight is shone on an exciting profession in agricultural science.

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1. International meeting on beez-nes

The international federation of beekeepers’ associations invites interested individuals and beekeepers to an important session in which African apiculture stakeholders will be addressed.

The association popularly known as Apimondia will host their regional meeting today at 12:00.

During the virtual zoom meet, Apimondia’s president, Dr Jeff Pettis, and secretary-general, Riccardo Jannoni Sebastianini, will cover the following topics:

  • Apimondia address and update;
  • Regional working groups;
  • Continental update – ApiTrade Africa;.
  • AU-IBAR words of support; and
  • Question and answer session.

The meeting, supported by the department of agriculture, land reform, and rural development, can be joined by following this zoom link: Apimondia Africa region meeting.

Meeting ID: 481 491 3645

Passcode: 2RLWEJ

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2. Discover high-quality crops at Syngenta event

Attention, vegetable value chain. Do you have questions on growing days, new varieties, yield, or anything else? Pop by this year’s Syngenta Fields of Innovation virtual event.

Already, more than 2300 visitors throughout the entire vegetable value chain, from 118 locations all over the world have joined the virtual event ending tomorrow.

On day three, visitors can look forward to discovering innovative, high-quality crops, like labour saving cabbage, and connect with international experts.

Book your virtual seat now, and gain access to a field of experts.

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3. Because science in agriculture rules

In another exciting career featured on the AgriSETA Learner Connect campaign, eager learners get a load of what it takes to become a molecular scientist.

Lorraine Mhoswa (35) is a molecular science intern at SciCorp Laboratories in Pietermaritzburg. She sums up her job and takes learners through what the day-to-day of her exciting career entails. Look out for her feature later on Food For Mzansi.

How to listen to AgriSETA Learner Connect:

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

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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