21 November, 2018
The AGFO Expo makes its mark
|Vincent Chambers, Joey Lascelles from United Forest Products
and Wynand Espach from Agricolleges International.
third annual Agriculture and Forestry (AGFO) Expo continued
to grow its successful trade platform for the agriculture
and forestry sectors, offering significant networking and
business opportunities and a new start
for five bursary winners.
at the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre in White River,
Mpumalanga, from 8 to 10 November,
the expo joined forces with the Southern African Macadamia
Growers' Association (SAMAC) to showcase the latest research
and industry information at the Macadamia Industry Day.
to 450 macadamia
stakeholders, from across South Africa, bought tickets to
listen to impressive speakers, such as Australia's
world-renowned plant pathologist Prof André Drenth and
well-known economist Dr Roelof Botha, who shared the results
of a study on the impact of land expropriation without
compensation and how this will affect South Africa's
to the companies that won SAMAC's annual awards this year,
namely Mpumalanga's Joubert & Seuns, which won the
Lowest Unsound Kernel in 2017 (category: 25 to 100 ton dry
nut in shell - 0.05% unsound); Du Twa Boerdery in
Mpumalanga, Lowest Unsound Kernel in 2017 (category: more
than 100 ton dry nut in shell - 0.26% unsound); Canestay
Manufacturing (Kwazulu-Natal), Highest Sound Kernel in 2017
(category: 25 to 100 ton dry nut in shell - 44.5% sound
kernel recovery); Sea View Farm, Highest Sound Kernel in
2017 (category: more than 100 ton dry nut in shell - 43.1%
sound kernel recovery); and Limpopo's Zetmac, Most
Meticulous SAMAC Handler to Supply Industry Data in 2018.
compared over several years indicates improvement of
quality, which is attributed to farmers following best
practices principles. Producing quality macadamias is what
has always given South Africa the competitive edge and will
be of even more importance in the future, with expected
increase in supply from China, Vietnam and other producing
countries," says SAMAC CEO, Lizel Pretorius.
expo committee is grateful to SAMAC for this opportunity and
we look forward to future collaboration to ensure the growth
of the macadamia industry," says AGFO Expo chairperson Joey
further grow the agriculture sector, the AGFO Expo and one
of its prestige sponsors, Agricolleges International, ran a
bursary competition which saw over 330 entries pour in from
across South Africa. Of these, 140 entrants passed the
lucky winners were announced at the expo. Congratulations to
Vincent Chambers, from Barberton, who won a one-year bursary
at Agricolleges International to obtain a National
Certificate in General Agriculture. The bursary, valued at
R30 000, was 60% sponsored by United Forest Products and 40%
by Agricolleges International.
Forest Products is extremely proud of the calibre of entries
received for the bursary competition and we are proud to
back Vincent in the next step on his journey," says the
company's Joey Lascelles.
you to Winelands Civils for coming on board and sponsoring
an Introduction to Agribusiness bursary for Mukulani
Dlamini. Dlamini travelled all the way from Pietermaritzburg
for the bursary draw.
other bursary winners, sponsored by Agricolleges
International, are Mirriam Mnisi (Fundamentals of Macadamia
Production); Ayanda Mahamba (Introduction to Plant
Production) and Prudence Selemane (Introduction to
generously added to this magic by sponsoring five gift packs, each
containing a 3G 7-inch tablet, with a free 3.5-inch cell
phone, headphones and power bank to assist the bursary
winners to study online more easily.
year the expo also hosted a Fire-Tech Workshop where
speakers addressed various aspects of effective fire
management that are applicable to the agriculture and
forestry sectors. Over 135 stakeholders attended the
workshop and were also able to watch the latest firefighting
equipment being demonstrated. "Climate change has ensured
that fire risk increases significantly every year and the
importance of fire risk strategies cannot be overestimated,"
expo extends a special thanks to the Lowveld and Escarpment
Fire Protection Association which sponsored two
demonstrations of a black hawk, two bombers and spotter,
which showed visitors how expertly water drops are performed
to douse fires.
networking event, which was only open to sponsors,
exhibitors and Macadamia Industry Day visitors, enabled the
who's who in the forestry and agriculture sectors to gather
in one place and open doors for each other.
the past three years AGFO has become a recognised trade
platform for the agriculture and forestry sectors and
exhibitors were encouraged to use this platform to its
fullest. "The feedback received from our exhibitors has been
extremely positive, with many indicating that the targeted
market that the expo attracts has ensured significant sales
leads for them," says Lascelles.
up to, during and post event, the AGFO Expo creates
much-needed employment for general workers and students. "We
also support local businesses and charities and various
other organisations and charities use the platform to host
their own events," says Lascelles. This year, all the
proceeds from the trail run are being donated to Hospice
White River, which provides palliative care to the lowveld
community. Proceeds from the
boerewors sales will be utilised by Solidarity's Helping
Hand to provide food parcels for needy families over the
activities enjoyed by all at this year's expo included MTO
Forestry's mountain bike outride; chainsaw, axe-chopping and
pitsaw competitions and boeresport for the children.
AGFO Expo relies on the support of the agriculture and
forestry sectors for its growth and success and is grateful
to all of our sponsors, exhibitors, visitors and other
stakeholders, especially those who have supported us every
year since inception," says Lascelles.
2018 thanks all of its sponsors, namely Mascor and
Agricolleges International (prestige sponsors); Ezigro
Seedlings (diamond sponsor); Novon Retail Company, Nedbank
and Systeco Automation (gold sponsors); and Adama, Silvix
Forestry, United Forest Products, Sanlam, Green Farms Nut
Company and GAC Laser (silver sponsors).
expo also thanks Aramex, the Chill Zone sponsor; Electra,
the WiFi Zone sponsor; ANCO Manufacturing, for its donation
towards the Fire-Tech Workshop; SIMMS Plant & Equipment
Hire, for its donation towards the AGFO Fund; and JMC
Transport, for sponsoring a tri-axle trailer for AGFO to use
during the event!
Source: AGFO Expo