Big names for African Farmers Workshop and Expo

This year’s African Farmers Workshop and Expo (AFWE), which takes place from 12 to 14 August 2014 at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, has attracted several leading agricultural organisations and suppliers.

Support for the three-day farming expo is on the rise, with expanding interest from the broad agri-sector, as well as buy-in from various non-governmental organisations.

One of these is the Black African Young Farmers Association (BAYOFA), which aims to increase recognition of young black farmers as key players in this sector.

“BAYOFA sees the AFWE as an essential platform for stakeholders to address issues affecting ordinary farmers, and furthering much-needed transformation in the sector,” said BAYOFA CEO Poiho Ramotlatsi.

International advocacy group, ONE is also fully behind AFWE this year as a partner in the AgriYouth Indaba. ONE is a campaigning and advocacy organisation dedicated to ending extreme poverty and preventable diseases, particularly in Africa.

National mineral research organisation Mintek is again a sponsor of the show.

“One of the big benefits of last year’s expo was the exposure we received,” said Magaret Segole, marketing assistant at Mintek. “This year we hope to create relationships with more stakeholders, showcase our services and foster more business in the industry.”

Zoetis, independent animal health company, will again make a strong showing at AFWE as a sponsor and exhibitor. Zoetis will also present various educational workshops to farmers.