Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness Conference

24-26 September 2018. Cape Town, South Africa. Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness Conference

This year's themes:
  • Mining for nutrients in Africa - latest updates on key projects across the continent
  • Fertilizer plant round table - discuss your technical issues and solutions
  • Cash crop market insights on cocoa, coffee and other growth markets
  • Agri-investment showcases - agro-execs present projects to investors
  • Spotlight sessions on Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa, and South African market dynamics
  • Dedicated stream on speciality fertilizer and precision agriculture innovation. How improvements in logistics, blending and soil science are building demand?
  • Agrodealer round table - distributors from the continent share their views
  • Comprehensive overview of the fertilizer supply and agribusiness value chain

Specialty Fertilizer Forum

  • What are specialty fertilizers and how can they benefit African farmers? Shamie Zingore, Regional Director, sub-Saharan Africa, IPNI
  • Market potential in enhanced efficiency fertilizers, micronutrients and bio stimulants Cyrille Allais, Business Development Manager, Shell Sulphur Solutions
  • Importance of precision blending in future farming John Mitchell, Manager, Inside Sales & Application Engineering, Sackett-Waconia / Bagtech
  • Case study: Promoting balanced crop nutrition in different agro-ecological zones of Nigeria - Prof G. B. Ayoola, President, Farm & Infrastructure Foundation

Presentation by @AmandaTshaya,: Wesgro’s
Head of the Agribusiness Investment Unit,
mandated by the
Western Cape @WCGovAgri
Related:
During the first quarter of 2018/19, the Agribusiness Investment Unit - funded by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture - assisted in landing investment projects amounting to R150 million. This will help create 300 new jobs in the agribusiness sector.

The devastating drought in the Western Cape provided a challenging environment to land investment, but the AIU team worked hard to sell the province as the preferred agribusiness investment destination. This was done by:
  • embarking on outward missions to Germany, the USA, Malaysia and the United Kingdom;
  • hosting inward delegations from Austria, Germany, the USA and the UK;
  • attending 7 local conferences and meeting with 80 local companies; and
  • meeting with 4 foreign embassies.
Head of the Agribusiness Investment Unit, Amanda Tshaya (picture), welcomed these new projects, and said her team was working hard to land even more investment in the future.
"We are extremely excited by the fact that 8 new projects have been recruited into the pipeline this quarter. We are working closely with these prospective investors, so that they successfully land their projects and help create jobs in our province. One of the key investments of R25 million that landed was Halal related. This aligns with the Western Cape Government's focus of establishing the Cape has Africa's halal hub. We have also undertaken corporate engagements with businesses operating in the halal industry" Amanda Tshaya Head of the Agribusiness Investment Unit of WESGRO, Tourism, Trade & Investment Promotion Agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape.

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