Agri SA Conference 2019
11:01 (GMT+2) Fri, 04 Oct 2019
Agri SA Conference 2019 Venue: Maslow Time Square Hotel, Pretoria

10-11 October 2019

OFM Agri Hour 12:00 – 13:00

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A rapidly changing environment requires farmers to keep abreast of new developments in order to farm sustainably. Tune in to OFM, 12:00 – 13:00, on Thursday and Friday, when we broadcast live from Agri SA’s conference in Pretoria hosted under the theme: “The shaping of the South African agricultural landscape in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

According to Dan Kriek, Agri SA President, farmers are tasked with ensuring food security in South Africa with the help of technological advancements.

He notes that the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, will address farmers at the congress.

“We look forward to the Minister’s participation in the congress and have great expectations of the content of her message,” says Kriek. “We trust that she will make use of this opportunity to listen carefully to issues that affect farmers’ ability to farm sustainably.”

On the second day of Agri SA’s congress, the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu, will address the farmers. Water is identified as a critical resource without which agricultural production is not possible.

“Matters relating to the regulation of water use rights, pollution of resources, the cost of water, and transformation are of particular interest to the farming sector. Agri SA has in the past maintained a close relationship with the government when it comes to water and we look forward to hearing what Minister Sisulu has to say.”

Speakers, both international and local, will inform congress attendees on issues relating to the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how it could affect farming practices and businesses:

• Biotechnology and nanotechnology in agriculture – Rajan Gajaria, Executive Vice President: Business Platforms of Corteva Agriscience

• The revolution of precision agriculture through artificial intelligence – Barrett Bar, Strategic Head – Integrated Solutions: John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group (USA)

• World of the Future – The impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the World – Dr. Morné Mostert, Director: Institute for Futures Research, Stellenbosch University

Land, renewable energy, water affairs and a social cohesion compact will form part of the congress agenda, as will the election of Agri SA’s office bearers and chamber management.

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