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Undercover Farming Expo 6 - 8 March 2012

February 23, 2012

 

 

 

 

NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release                                                                     

19 January 2012

 

 

First Undercover Farming Expo held for the intensive farming industry

 

Suppliers and producers in the tunnel and covered farming sector should not miss the first Undercover Farming Expo, which will be held at The Saint George Hotel & Convention Centre near Pretoria from 6 to 8 March 2012.

This expo and conference focuses on intensive farming techniques and farming industries, and will create an information source for existing and potential producers and buyers of vegetables, flowers, fruit and seedlings being produced under protective cover, as well as for suppliers to the industry.

Hanlie Delport, Exhibition Manager of Undercover Farming Expo, says bookings for this expo are coming in thick and fast, indicating that the expo will be a feast of new products and technology launches. Confirmed exhibitors include Ball Straathof, Dekker Chrysanten, Elro J Braak, Greenhouse Technologies, Infigro, Rijk Swaan, the ‘Holland Square’ of the Embassy of the Netherlands, Fibrego Organics, Hytech Agriculture, Hishtil South Africa, Alweco South Africa, Greener Solutions, Klein Karoo Seed Marketing and Hygrotech. “Undercover Farming Expo serves as a business hub and creates the ideal platform for industry professionals to be on the frontier of protected farming and to network with key players in the industry,” says Delport.

Tunnel and shade-net farming started in South Africa in 1973 and consists of three major sectors namely vegetables produced under protection, flower producers and seedling growers.  The tunnels or multi-spans are equipped with modern technology for optimal management and production.    Most farmers use hydroponics and a growth medium. “This form of production offers the ideal solution to producers investigating alternative methods of farming because of the increasing dryer climate. Our expo will cover all the elements involved in this production method, from tunnel construction, growth enhancements and climate conditions to seedlings, packaging and export opportunities,” says Delport.

A highlight in the Undercover Farming Expo showcase is the conference which is being held in partnership with Agribusiness in Sustainable Natural African Plant Products (ASNAPP), an organisation promoting sustainable economic development. The aim of this conference is to investigate and promote reduced carbon emissions from intensive farming practices, to focus on smallholder farms’ successes with intensive farming, to grow this sector in the industry and to identify where Southern Africa is in terms of being the food basket for the world.

Topics covered during this conference will include the prospects for the marketing of fresh produce in South Africa & Africa, the impact and applicability of NEMA 28 (Environmental Duty of Care) in the agricultural sector, implementing lean manufacturing principles in the greenhouse industry, the production and export of flowers from South Africa, the role of The World Vegetable Center in the development of the fresh produce and vegetable seed industry in East and Southern Africa, and the potential for the production and export of fresh produce from Namibia.

Undercover Farming Expo is the initiative of the publication Undercover Farming, which has been focusing on the intensive farming industry for more than seven years. The expo is supported by Intensive Agriculture South Africa (IASA), South African Flower Growers (SAFGA) and South African Seedling Growers Association (SAGA).

For more information about Undercover Farming Expo, including information for exhibitors, sponsorship opportunities and the conference, visit www.undercoverfarmingexpo.co.za

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Released by:

Liesel Swart

Roundtree Communications

Tel: +27 82 672 0067

On behalf of:

Hanlie Delport

Undercover Farming Expo

Tel: +27 73 231 0706

 

Johan Swiegers

Undercover Farming Expo

Tel: +27 82 882 7023

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Sir/Madam

Undercover farming expo,2012

Undercover Farming started in South Africa in 1973 and consists of three major sectors: Vegetables produced under protection, flower producers and seedling growers.  The multi-spans are equipped with modern technology for optimal management and production. Most farmers use hydroponics and a growth medium.

Although it is used in almost all provinces, tomatoes are the biggest crop in the Eastern Cape and Limpopo with cucumbers and sweet peppers close on its heels.  Blue berries and strawberries are grown in the large numbers in the Western Cape, South Eastern Cape and Gauteng.  Table grapes are grown in Limpopo and the Western Cape. Apples are produced in the Eastern Free State. Herbs are only produced by a few growers.  Seedlings are mostly produced in KwaZulu Natal.

About 300 – 350 cut flower and foliage producers farm on an average of 8ha each and employ about 10 people per hectare. Around 70 000 people are employed by the industry. South Africa exports about R500 million per annum of flower products and local sales are about R300 million per year.

The first ever Undercover Farming Expo, which will focus on intensive farming techniques and farming industries, will be held at The Saint George Hotel & Convention Centre near Pretoria from 6 to 8 March 2012.  We would like to invite you to bring staff who may be interested in this technique to visit the exhibition and to liaise with exhibitors. 

The Expo will be open from 08:00 to 17:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday and from 08:00 – 16:00 on Thursday.  It is however crucial to book a group visit prior to your arrival so we can be prepared to receive you.

If you are interested to visit, please call the undersigned on (012) 480- 4080/ 0735094012 or email me on registration@undercoverfarmingexpo.co.za  

 

Sincerely

 Nthabiseng Letsoalo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNDERCOVER FARMING EXPO & CONFERENCE

Presented in conjunction with ASNAPP

Draft/preliminary programme

 

Day one: 6 March

Generic session:

07:30                     Registration, tea & coffee

08:30                     MC – Welcome to Undercover Farming Expo & Conference

                                Derech Gardner

08:40                     Key note address – Future of Agriculture

                                Ms Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, MEC for Agriculture: Gauteng

09:00                     Status of horticulture in East Africa

                                Catherine Riungu, Managing Editor, Horticulture News, Kenya

09:45                     Sustainable Innovations in Greenhouse Technology

                                Martin Helmich, Greenport International, The Netherlands

10:30                     Discussion

10:45                     Visit expo, networking & refreshments

 

                                BREAKAWAY SESSION 1

 

11:30                     The economics of greenhouse crop production

                                Ernst Janovsky, Absa Agribusiness

12:00                     A Financial monitoring system for greenhouses

                                Mr Stephen Hobson, Stephen Hobson Business Advisory

12:30                     Water quality and the management of plant nutrition when producing in a soilless substrate

                                Stan Deckers, Bodemkundige Dienste van België

13:00                     Discussion

13:15                     Lunch, expo & networking

14:15                     Management of Blossom-end-rot in Intensive Farming systems

                                Dr Nic Combrink, Combrink Trust

14:45                     Re-circulating drainage water

                                Ms Estelle Kempen, Stellenbosch University

15:15                     Impact of rising costs on Agriculture in South Africa

                                Andre Jooste, Agribusiness Chamber

15:45                     Discussion

16:00                     Delegates visit expo

17:30                     Cocktail function hosted by the Embassy of the Netherlands

20:00                     End of day one


 

 

                                BREAKAWAY SESSION 2

 

11:30                     Future of greenhouse crop production research & development in South Africa

                                Dr Petrus Langenhoven, ASNAPP

12:00                     A perspective on growth mediums

                                Mr Ben Safronovitz, Infigro

12:30                     Intensive production of Blueberries in the Eastern Cape: An out grower success

                                Mr Phillip Howes, Amathole Berries

13:00                     Discussion

13:15                     Lunch, expo & networking

14:15                     From humble beginnings to a major greenhouse cucumber producer in the N Cape.

                                Mr Edwin Mabotsa, Tshwaraganang Hydroponics

14:45                     Challenges when starting up a nursery business

                                Ms Jacky Goliath, DeFynne Nursery

15:15                     Intensive production of vegetables in Livingstone, Zambia: A small holder out grower success story

                                Mr Newton Phiri, ASNAPP

15:45                     Panel discussion

16:00                     Delegates visit expo

17:30                     Cocktail function hosted by the Embassy of the Netherlands

20:00                     End of day one

 

Day two: 7 March

Generic session:

08:20                     MC – Welcome to Undercover Farming Expo & Conference

                                Derech Gardner

08:30                     National Environmental Management Act 28 – Environmental duty of Care

                                Ms Lucinda van Rensburg, Implex Legal Compliance Solutions

09:00                     How does the consumer act affect the intensive fresh produce grower

                                Adv Louis Nel, Benchmark

09:30                     Working towards a sustainable product chain in the protected flower industry,

                                Mr Anton Bril, VGB, The Netherlands

10:00                     Discussion

10:15                     Visit expo, networking & refreshments

                               

                                BREAKAWAY SESSION 1

 

11:00                     Grafted vegetable seedlings

                                Mr Shlomo Zuker, Hishtil SA

11:30                     Inovative techniques for optimizing water use in greenhouses        

               Martin Helmich, Greenport International, The Netherlands

12:00                     Translucency of shade cloth

                                Prof Leon van Rensburg, North West University

13:00                     Discussion

13:15                     Lunch, expo & networking

14:15                     Production and export of flowers from South Africa

                                Mr Jac Duif, South African Flower Growers Association

14:45                     Vegetable production and export from Zambia, challenges and opportunities

                                Mr Luke Mbewe, Zambian Export Growers Association

15:15                     Potential for the production and export of fresh produce from Namibia

                                Pieter de Wet, Acting CEO of the Namibian Development Corporation

15:45                     Discussion

16:00                     Using sophisticated Greenhouse films makes the Grower money.

               Yoram Sztyglic, Vegtech

16:30                     Energy Costs versus Climate Control

               John Andersen, Vegtech

17:00                     Discussion

17:15                     Delegates visit expo

19:00                     End of day two – at leisure

 

                                BREAKAWAY SESSION 2

 

11:00                     Water scheduling in Coir

               Yossi Shachar, Vegtech 

11:30                     Implementation of management systems to holistically manage the effect of water quality during the food

                                production chain 

                                Dr Graham Campbell, G2lobal Quality Management Systems

12:00                     Producer Survival – Transportation cost, price structures, changing markets with an export basis

                                Mr Anton Scheepers, Agricultural & Industrial Marketing

12:30                     Irrigation system selection and its impact on water use

                                Mr Felix Reinders, ARC: IAE

13:00                     Discussion

13:15                     Lunch, expo & networking

14:15                     Registered predator mites in South Africa and their effective use in an IPM program

                                Daniel Baloyi, Agri-Alchemi

14:45                     Production and application of compost tea for plant nutrition and health

                                Mr Jako Pieterse, ECOSOIL

15:15                     Water Quality, Alkalinity & pH

                                Ms Lindi Grobler, Agri-Alchemi

15:45                     Discussion

16:00                     Modern Trellising Systems for Greenhouses

               Tal Argaman, Vegtech

16:30                     Discussion

17:00                     Delegates visit expo

19:00                     End of day two – at leisure

 

 

Day three: 8 March

Generic session:

08:30                     The future of SA floriculture: marketing & support systems development

                                Prof Hentie Boshoff, Futures Trust

09:00                     The effect of pruning and EC on early growth and yield of hydroponic tomatoes grown in coir

                Mr Craig Fulton, ASNAPP

09:30                     Biological pest control in greenhouse production systems

                                Mr Frank Enthoven, Vistaverde

10:00                     Discussion

10:15                     Expo, networking & refreshments

11:00                     AIDS in Agriculture

               Grieta Kostwinder

11:30                     Discipline in the workplace – a labour challenge.

               Dr Leon Bosman

12:00                     Discussion

12:15                     Depart on pre-booked farm visits

15:00                     End of day three