Join us for the first Farmer’s Weekly Sugar Industry Information Day on 29 May at the Royal Show. The event aims to bring together leading agricultural economists and role players throughout the sugar value chain to discuss the challenges facing sugar producers and the industry in general.
Farmer’s Weekly will host an information day for interested parties in the South African sugar industry at this year’s Royal Show in Pietermaritzburg.
The event will bring together leading agricultural economists and role players throughout the sugar value chain, to discuss the challenges facing sugar production and share ideas on how to ensure a sustainable future for the industry.
Limited seating available.
*Bookings are closed.
|8:30 – 9:00: Registration (Tea and coffee) |
9:00 – 9:10: Welcome by Denene Erasmus, Editor of Farmer’s Weekly
9:10 – 9:40: Economic Snapshot and Outlook
Paul Makube, Senior Agriculture Economist
South Africa’s macroeconomic situation and outlook over the medium term, as well as a look at global agri commodity price trends and the factors likely to influence them over the medium term.
|9:40 – 10:00: Co-generation: Solving the sugar industry and South Africa’s energy woes |
Philemon Nkosi, General Manager of Illovo Eston Mill
How South Africa’s sugar milling industry can further develop electricity co-generation at sugar mills to unlock an additional revenue stream for the industry, while feeding electricity into the national energy grid to relieve pressure on the Eskom energy supply.
|10:00 – 10:10: First session Q&A|
10:10 – 10:25: Industry perspective
Hans Hackmann, Chairperson, South African Sugar Association
The contribution that the sugar industry makes to job creation and the economy in South Africa, and why it is imperative that the industry be supported by the private and public sectors.
|10:25 – 10:40: Sugar industry transformation |
Dr Siyabonga Madlala, Chairperson of the South African Farmers Development Association (SAFDA)
The transformation of the sugar industry and its impact on small-scale and land reform beneficiary growers, since SAFDA was officially recognised through the Government Gazette in October 2018.
|10:40 – 11:20: Panel discussion on the production, supply and price situation of sugar cane, from the growers’ and millers’ perspective. |
|11:20 – 12:00: Networking and light refreshments|
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