MEC to speak at agricultural indaba

2016-04-28 06:00

IF you’re involved in the agricultural sector, you may want to book a seat at the Agricultural Indaba which the South Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry is hosting on 10 May.

The indaba is supported by the local Department of Agriculture, Ugu District Municipality, the Hibiscus Coast Municipality and the Afrikaans Handels Instituut and aims to unlock the agricultural potential of the South Coast.

The event will also include an exhibition of agricultural products, resources and equipment.

Cyril Xaba, MEC for Agricultural and Rural Development will address guests.

“Since the latter part of 2015, the South Coast Chamber has had such an event as part of its plan as it is well known that much of our economic strength come from the agricultural sector.

“The banana, sugar and macadamia nut industries lead the way with other field crops and livestock also playing an important by contributing to the food security of our district and beyond,” said Ivan Naidoo of the chamber.

He said there are also significant agricultural projects in the pipeline both in the government and private sector.

The programme is half-day and centred around the MEC’s delivery of the strategy and how the challenges and opportunities that exist in our district can be addressed.

“Other key perspectives of the sector will be presented by other speakers. The outdoor exhibition will give the industry the opportunity to look at some of the products, services and equipment that can bring about greater efficiencies in agricultural operations,” said Naidoo.

Entry to the indaba is R50 and includes lunch. Exhibitors can book their stand from R1 000 and will have the opportunity to bring in their equipment and machinery – everything is welcome as long as it supports the agricultural sector in some way.

Vijay Naidoo, the incoming president of the South Coast Chamber of Commerce and Industry, encourages every component to attend the indaba and get to understand the dynamics, support systems and future plans of this sector. The event will also be an opportunity for suppliers to the sector to get to know their market better.

“We hope this event will get to be an annual showcase of the South Coast agricultural sector with each year being better that the one before,” said Vijay.

Space is limited. Call the chamber on 039 682 0235 or email scchamber107@ to reserve a seat.

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