Minister Thoko Didiza to deliver keynote address at the AGDA launch

The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza will deliver the keynote address at the official launch of the much-anticipated Agriculture Development Agency. This take place on 18 February 2020 at the Africa Agri Tech Conference and Expo (AAT), to be held at the Maslow Hotel, Times Square, Menlyn Main in Pretoria.

 

The launch of the Agriculture Development Agency (AGDA) will also serve as the opening event of the AAT conference, which will run from 18 – 20 February and cover topics ranging from the local and international agricultural economy and access to capital, to mitigating drought conditions through sustainable climate sensitive agriculture as well as developing intra African trade in agricultural products.

 

AGDA is part of the Public Private Growth Initiative (PPGI), which was established in April 2018 under the leadership of Dr Johan van Zyl, CEO and President of Toyota in Europe. Van Zyl was inspired by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s famous Thuma Mina call in January 2018 and based the PPGI on the hugely successful Japanese economic model. The aim is to align strategic planning between government and the private sector, in the interest of improving economic growth and the manner in which government and business work together.

 

There are more than 20 sectors identified by the PPGI for specific focus. These include Agriculture; Tourism; Automotive; Chemicals; Manufacturing; Energy and Renewable Energy; Construction; Pharmaceutical; Mining; Retail; ICT; Health; and Insurance. These sectors are all developing comprehensive five-year growth plans, which aim at accelerating economic growth and job creation.

 

The specific aims of AGDA are intended to promote greater social justice by creating enablers that will help drive sustainable land reform programmes and contribute to changing land ownership patterns in our country.

 

AGDA, which is an entirely private sector initiative falling under the PPGI framework, will work together on an agreed project basis with government to achieve the common national goal of sustainable and accelerated land reform to the benefit of South Africa and all its people.

 

In this regard, Mr Roelf Meyer of In Transformation Initiative, which is one of the main drivers of this project, drew attention to the main objectives of the Agency, which are to promote and support access to agricultural land by black/emerging farmers, and to support the use of agricultural land and infrastructure development so as to promote land reform and food security in the country. Meyer highlighted that AGDA has the specific purpose not only to pursue these noble objectives, but also to ensure the provision of appropriate training, as well as support and assistance to emerging farmers to improve capacity and access to agricultural markets in particular.

 

“It is only through the pursuit of such objectives in partnership with government, focusing on a more vigorous pursuit of the noble objectives the national land reform programme, that the market failures and imperfections in building an inclusive, dynamic and competitive agricultural sector, to enable all our people who have ambitions to work in agriculture can be achieved,” Meyer said.

 

Ms Gloria Serobe, CEO of WipCapital and also one of the leading inspirations and contributors to the creation of AGDA remarked that, “the Agricultural Development Agency must have a well-developed social conscience and it must be institutionalised in a manner that will ensure it is always dedicated to such imperatives.”

 

For more information and interview opportunities contact:

 

Malcolm Ferguson: 082 850 7084, mf30@mweb.co.za

Leona Archary: 082 577 5551, Leona.Archary@bigengroup.com

AGDA to launch at AAT

The much-anticipated Agriculture Development Agency will be officially launched at the Africa Agri Tech Conference and Expo (AAT) on 18 February 2020, to be held at the Maslow Hotel, Times Square, Menlyn Main in Pretoria.

The launch of the Agriculture Development Agency (AGDA) will also serve as the opening event of the AAT conference, which will run from 18 – 20 February and cover topics ranging from the local and international agricultural economy and access to capital, to mitigating drought conditions through sustainable climate sensitive agriculture as well as developing intra African trade in agricultural products.

AGDA is part of the Public Private Growth Initiative (PPGI), which was established in April 2018 under the leadership of Dr Johan van Zyl, CEO and President of Toyota in Europe. Van Zyl was inspired by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s famous Thuma Mina call in January 2018 and based the PPGI on the hugely successful Japanese economic model. The aim is to align strategic planning between government and the private sector, in the interest of improving economic growth and the manner in which government and business work together.

There are more than 20 sectors identified by the PPGI for specific focus. These include Agriculture; Tourism; Automotive; Chemicals; Manufacturing; Energy and Renewable Energy; Construction; Pharmaceutical; Mining; Retail; ICT; Health; and Insurance. These sectors are all developing comprehensive five-year growth plans, which aim at accelerating economic growth and job creation.

The specific aims of AGDA are intended to promote greater social justice by creating enablers that will help drive sustainable land reform programmes and contribute to changing land ownership patterns in our country.

In this regard, Mr Roelf Meyer of In Transformation Initiative, which is one of the main drivers of this project, drew attention to the main objectives of the Agency, which are to promote and support access to agricultural land by black/emerging farmers, and to support the use of agricultural land and infrastructure development so as to promote land reform and food security in the country. Meyer highlighted that AGDA has the specific purpose not only to pursue these noble objectives, but also to ensure the provision of appropriate training, as well as support and assistance to emerging farmers to improve capacity and access to agricultural markets in particular.

“It is only through the pursuit of such objectives in partnership with government, focussing on a more vigorous pursuit of the noble objectives the national land reform programme, that the market failures and imperfections in building an inclusive, dynamic and competitive agricultural sector, to enable all our people who have ambitions to work in agriculture can be achieved,” Meyer said.

Ms Gloria Serobe, CEO of WipCapital and also one of the leading inspirations and contributors to the creation of AGDA remarked that, “the Agricultural Development Agency must have a well-developed social conscience and it must be institutionalised in a manner that will ensure it is always dedicated to such imperatives.”

Governance of AGDA will be led by a board constituted of an equal number of representatives from Government and the private sector, working together to achieve the common goal of sustainable and accelerated land reform to the benefit of South Africa and all its people.

For more information and interview opportunities contact:

Malcolm Ferguson 082 850 7084, mf30@mweb.co.za
Leona Archary 082 577 5551, Leona.Archary@bigengroup.com

Science and technology in agriculture under the spotlight at Pretoria event

Africa Agri Tech (AAT) sets the stage for the agriculture sector in 2020 and beyond. The event comprises a three-day technology conference featuring future trends, technologies, products and solutions that will revolutionise agricultural business practices going forward.
The conference line-up is made up of key industry components, namely
Landbouweekblad conference – 18 February
AAT technology conference – 19 February
AFGRI & GroBank conference – 20 February
Africa workshops programme – 18 – 20 February

Pretoria will play host city to this important gathering of the agricultural sector. The conferences will take place at The Maslow Conference Centre, Menlyn Maine, Pretoria from 18 – 20 February 2020.

New technologies are disrupting every industry, and agriculture is no exception. AAT will focus the Southern African agricultural community’s agenda on how the adoption of the latest technologies, innovations and advances in AgTech can deliver greater efficiencies for farmers in 2020 and beyond.

A business-to-business trade show expo, dedicated to displaying the latest technologies, equipment and innovations available to the agricultural industry will complement the parallel conference programme.

Tech Try-Out Zones will provide a hands-on opportunity to experience and experiment with new agricultural tools and technologies whilst Southern African inventors will enjoy an opportunity to shine by entering their latest products or solutions in the Innovation Competition.

The Africa Agri Tech expo will host exhibits from six strategic science and technology inspired themes, namely: Artificial Intelligence, Analytics & Data-Driven Farming, Automation & Robotics, Biosystems Engineering, Smart Farming, Financial & Agri-nomics and Industry Specialists.

Industry support for the event is growing rapidly:
“We are pleased to be associated with this pioneering event,” said Dr John Purchase, CEO of the Agricultural Business Chamber. “Agbiz strives to provide members with a “way to prosperity” and through that to benefit the agricultural community at large through job creation, greater productivity and increased investment. We welcome the inaugural Africa Agri Tech as a means for our members to explore and navigate the latest technologies and to find the solutions that provide them with the ways to increase their efficiency and productivity.”

Landbouweekblad Editor-in-Chief, Chris Burgess said “We are excited to partner with this ground-breaking event that can only further accelerate this process by showcasing the best that science and technology has to offer farmers”.

“Globally, agriculture is undergoing massive and rapid transformation brought about by new technologies. In order to thrive, African agriculture needs to be at the forefront of this rapid change. In this regard the continent is blessed to have South African commercial farmers, who are some of the earliest adopters of technology anywhere in the world,” said Burgess.

AFGRI Group CEO, Chris Venter, expressed his delight in partnering with the event. “We believe that technology and digitalisation will become ever more important. The changes it has affected in everyday lives in terms of markets and production continuously take new shape, almost daily. We feel that an expo of this nature, focusing on advancements in science and technology, and where discussion can take place, is long overdue and most relevant. We are not merely watching how markets get disrupted, we want to be part of the disruption to bring new innovations to our industry and our clients alike.”

A focus on Southern Africa is an integral part of the event’s DNA and AAT will see leaders and stakeholders from Southern African countries sharing their insights and experiences on how best to harness technology to benefit African agriculture.

Association support has been forthcoming from key industry associations and role-players namely:
– Agri SA
– Agbzi
– Bureau for Food & Agricultural Policy
– Bigen Africa
– City Insight
– The In Transformation Initiative
– Maize Trust
– Milk Producers’ Organisation
– Potatoes South Africa
– Water Shortage South Africa
– and media partners Landbouweekblad and Harvest SA

Addressing the audience attending the launch event in Pretoria leading technology commentator Topy Shapshak said “Agritech is one of the most exciting areas of innovation in an already fast-moving tech field; and some of the innovations we’re seeing are not only ground-breaking (literally) but essential for feeding the 7-billion people on the planet. I’m more excited to see what artificial intelligence, the power of cloud computing, ubiquitous sensors and new tech like drones and autonomous farm vehicles can do for humanity than I am in any other category,”.

Afrika Agri Tech gerugsteun deur landboureus AFGRI

Die AFGRI Groep het sy steun vir die Africa Agri Tech-konferensie en ekspo aangekondig, wat van 18 tot 20 Februarie 2020 in Pretoria aangebied gaan word. Die geleentheid beloof om een van die hoogtepunte van die 2020 landboukalender te wees en sal die nuutste tegnologie ten toon stel wat landbou en verwante waardekettings omvorm, terwyl die kwessies van ons nuwe realiteit, die sogenaamde Vierde Nywerheidsrevolusie ook aandag sal geniet.

In ag genome die vordering in die Internet van Dinge, Groot Data, outomatisering, en kunsmatige intelligensie, is daar nie ‘n meer geleë tyd as nou om ondersoek in te stel na die moontlikhede wat dit vir landbouproduksie en Suid-Afrikaanse boere inhou nie.

Die uitvoerende hoof van die AFGRI Groep, Chris Venter, sê hulle is verheug om by Africa Agri Tech betrokke te wees. “Ons glo dat tegnologie en digitalisering al hoe belangriker word. Die omwenteling wat dit in die alledaagse lewe te weeg gebring het in terme van markte en produksie verander bykans by die dag. Ons glo dat ‘n ekspo van dié aard, gefokus op die vordering in wetenskap en tegnologie en waar gesprekke gevoer kan word, is lank reeds nodig en baie relevant. Ons gaan nie net staan en toekyk hoe markte ontwrig word nie, ons wil deel van die ontwrigting wees en nuwe innovering na ons bedryf en kliënte bring.”

Die geleentheid sal ook lig werp op die nabye toekoms, om sakeleiers en boere te bemagtig met praktiese en realistiese wenke om dié tegnologie-revolusie oor die volgende vyf jaar te dryf.

Afrika Agri Tech word by die Sun Arena en Maslow Hotel, Time Square, Menlyn Maine in Pretoria aangebied.

Vir meer inligting kontak Pula, Bella, Werner of Ronel by 011 465 0099 of besoek africaagritech.co.za.

Africa Agri Tech backed by ag giant AFGRI

The AFGRI Group has announced its support for the AFRICA AGRI TECH conference and expo, which will be hosted in Pretoria from 18 to 20 February 2020. The event promises to be one of the highlights on the 2020 agricultural calendar and will showcase the latest technologies transforming agriculture and related value chains, whilst addressing the issue of our new reality – the tech revolution: Industry 4.0.

Encompassing amongst other things, the Internet of Things and Big Data, automation, artificial intelligence, there has never been a more relevant time to see what possibilities lie in wait to further agricultural production and aid farmers in South Africa.

AFGRI Group CEO, Chris Venter, expressed his delight in partnering with the event. “We believe that technology and digitalisation will become ever more important. The changes it has affected in everyday lives in terms of markets and production continuously take new shape, almost daily. We feel that an expo of this nature, focusing on advancements in science and technology, and where discussion can take place, is long overdue and most relevant. We are not merely watching how markets get disrupted, we want to be part of the disruption to bring new innovations to our industry and our clients alike.”

AFRICA AGRI TECH will also shed some light on the near future, helping executives and farmers alike, to develop practical and realistic roadmaps for driving this transformation over the next five years.

The event will be hosted at the Sun Arena and Maslow Hotel, Time Square, Menlyn Maine.

For more information, contact Pula, Bella, Werner or Ronel on 011 465 0099 or visit africaagritech.co.za