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The future of agriculture: a new generation

  • 20 May 2022
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A country’s future lies with its youth, and with an aging agricultural sector, newcomers to the industry are sorely needed. The final session of Nation in Conversation belonged to the youth and Wandile Sihlobo led an expert panel in discussion about the youth’s perception of agriculture, hurdles they must overcome and the future prospects of agriculture as a career choice.

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Data in agriculture: a new era

  • 19 May 2022
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Nearly all technologies are going digital, and data is said to be the commodity of the future. But what happens with the terabytes of data created by the thousands of sensors across your farm every day? And who owns this data?

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The diversification and the integration of livestock

  • 19 May 2022
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Rising input costs will force some grain producers to look at diversifying their operations by introducing livestock. Integrating livestock into a grain business can add value to lower potential farmlands and improve overall cash flow.

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Let’s fix it: The regeneration of rural communities

  • 18 May 2022
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Consolidation of farming enterprises coupled with higher mechanisation is leading to fewer job opportunities in rural towns and rapid urbanisation. This leaves many rural areas in a state of disrepair because of a shrinking economic base and dwindling economically active population.

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Better access: infrastructure & logistics

  • 18 May 2022
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From deteriorating rural roads and rail infrastructure to bottlenecks at harbours, South Africa’s agricultural sector is negatively affected by a lack of investment in efficient logistics. Production areas are often far from the main consumers and export markets, and a breakdown in logistics can have dire consequences for producers.

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Nature matters: the responsible use of chemicals

  • 17 May 2022
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Modern chemistry contributed to the agricultural evolution of the past century, but the responsible use of agri-chemicals should be top of mind for all producers, in creating a sustainable management strategy. Facilitator, Theo Vorster and a panel of experts tackled this very topical issue during the second discussion session of Nation in Conversation at Nampo Bothaville on Tuesday, 17 May 2022.

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The state of the economy: onwards and upwards

  • 17 May 2022
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The world economy is under pressure, and South Africa is not immune to the impact. Input costs are rising, consumer spending is cautious and general turmoil in world markets contributes to a sense of trepidation.

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Nation in Conversation dons a brand new Nampo jacket

  • 13 May 2022
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After an absence of two years, Nampo 2022 is a reality and behind the scenes hard work is being done to make this agricultural spectacle a success. Nation in Conversation represents a highlight on the annual harvest day programme and this year, is no exception. In fact, the discussion forum has donned a brand new Nampo jacket for the occasion.

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Nation in Conversation talks all things wine

  • 06 September 2019
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During the last session at Nampo Cape 2019, the table was set and Nation in Conversation anchor, Theo Vorster and the panel focused on the issues and challenges in the local wine industry. The session was presented in collaboration with Vinpro.

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Nation in Conversation investigates security issues in farming areas

  • 05 September 2019
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The second session on Day 2 of Nation in Conversation during Nampo Cape focused on the full impact of security issues facing rural communities, from immigration to infrastructure and production

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