The Southern African agricultural industry is facing a host of challenges on several fronts this year, so it is fortuitous that the upcoming Africa Agri Tech Conference and Expo 2023 will provide a valuable platform where the positive impacts of science, technology and innovation can be explored. This much-anticipated event will be staged at the SunBet Arena, Menlyn Maine, Time Square, Pretoria, from March 14-16.

The inaugural Africa Agri Tech proved a major success with exhibitors and visitors, so the organisers of the 2023 event are building on a solid foundation. The event in March will expand its focus to include the latest science and technology trends as well as looking at international agricultural trade, market access, and highlighting the best practices from around the globe.

These three days in Pretoria will be the ideal time and place for those people involved in any aspect of the agricultural industry to meet up with industry leaders, farmers and decision-makers eager to connect, network and seek solutions to meet the multitude of future challenges facing the agricultural industry, both locally and internationally.

Africa Agri Tech will incorporate several co-located events which will broaden the event’s scope considerably, with concrete benefits for both exhibitors and visitors. The co-located events for 2023 include Women in Agriculture; an Innovation Challenge; Start-up Pitch Presentations; launch of the SA Agriculture Hall of Fame; a Foreign Trade Lounge; Business Matchmaking and a Media Centre.

Besides a host of relevant exhibits, the thrust of Africa Agri Tech will be the various in-depth conferences arranged over the three days.

The first day will focus on Technology, with the theme Agri Technology Empowering Farmers. The next day, Wednesday, 15 March, is billed as the Science and Biotechnology Day, with the theme being Advances in Biotechnology to Solve Africa’s Food Challenges. The final day of conferencing will deal with the Business of Agriculture under the theme The Future Forces Impacting the Business of Agriculture.

A host of well-informed specialists in the various aspects of the modern agricultural landscape will make presentations on wide-ranging topics, with the sessions anchored by well-known media personalities including Aki Anastasiou and Gary Alfonso.

“Expect three days of inspiration, investigation, and collaboration as the industry gathers to explore the growing benefits of technological and scientific advances in agriculture, both locally and internationally,” explained Africa Agri Tech organiser, Pula Dippenaar.

“Agriculture not only has to face up to the challenges of providing food security for Southern Africa, but also plays a vital role in a host of associated industries such as textiles, liquor, leather, medical supplements and other businesses dependent on agricultural produce.

“Leveraging on our experience as business-to-business event specialists, combined with our partner, Brand Republic’s, deep knowledge of the agricultural landscape, we will continue to advance excellence and innovation in Southern Africa’s agricultural environment, while celebrating the people, products, and processes shaping the future of this industry,” concluded Dippenaar.

Source: Africa Agri Tech