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Three things happening in SA agriculture today, 5 November 2020

International webinar unites leaders to shape the future of food, growth in green industries explored virtually and former farm worker shares his journey of becoming the boss


A clear theme in today’s agricultural agenda is creating change and impacting future agri trends. If this tickles your curiosity, look out for an exciting webinar on new opportunities in the green industry and another on shaping the future of food.

We also shine the spotlight on episode five of a unique agricultural TV show, celebrating exceptional farmers across the country.


South African green industries council webinar

Do not miss out on intriguing discussions with economist Dawie Roodt, landscape artist Leon Kluge and other industry leaders about new opportunities and differentiators to grow the green industry.

The free webinar hosted by the South African Green Industries Council takes place this morning at 10:00 and will see speakers unpack the economic outlook for the industry during uncertain times. They will focus on under-utilised plants in SA and also discuss the  shot hole borer beetle that is known to cause a great deal of trouble to the environment.

To register, send an email to admin@sagic.co.za. For more information visit South African Green Industries Council.


Join thousands to shape the future of food

Be part of the conversation that seeks to safeguard global food security, improve consumer health and conserve the planet by attending the 2020 Reuters Events Food Chain Connect.

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The international two-day event hosted by Reuters kicks off online today at 16:00 and runs until 22:00. With a remarkable programme on the virtual table, you definitely do not want to miss this one.

Industry leaders passionate about challenging what’s possible and developing responsible solutions to deliver a better global food system will gather in their numbers to tackle various points of discussion.

These include:

  • How is the food industry changing;
  • The impact of covid-19 on the food industry;
  • Making sustainability truly sustainable for companies and producers;
  • The business of agriculture;
  • Adapting to the new normal in grocery retail;
  • The digital transformation of the food value chain;
  • Digitalising the agriculture commodity value chain, and more.

Sign up for a free pass here: Reuters Events Food Chain Connect 2020.


TV show: Farm worker levels up to farm owner

Just in case you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be 29 years old and start a grain and cattle farm after being a farm worker for years, you might want to tune into this week’s episode of Vir die liefde van die land (For the love of the land).

Viewers can join presenter and Food For Mzansi co-founder Ivor Price visit Whernit Dirks on his family farm nestled among the wheat farms and fruit orchards of Piketberg in the Western Cape.

In the episode, Dirks shares how he went from farm labourer to farm boss, what it’s like working with family, becoming a father at the age 15 and much more.

Episode five of the agricultural TV show airs tonight (Thursday, 5 November) at 18:00 on VIA, DStv channel 147. Repeats of the episode will air on Friday at 00:00 and 06:00 and on Sunday at 20:00.

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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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