Posted: October 18, 2022
The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic), in partnership with the Potchefstroom Agricultural College, will host a two-day workshop to expose agribusiness students to opportunities available in the agro-processing industry and industrial programmes. The workshop will take place at the Potchefstroom Agricultural College campus in the North-West from 19-20 October 2022.
Topics that will be covered in the seminar include opportunities that young people can explore in the value chain of the agro-processing industry. This value chain consists of various sub-sectors such as poultry, dairy products, fruit and vegetables processing, grain mill products, sugar mills and refineries, bakery products, wine, fruit juices, animal feeds and meat processing. Information on the financial and non-financial assistance offered by the dtic, its agencies and other stakeholders for entrepreneurs will also be shared with the students.
The main purpose of this programme is information sharing about the agro-processing sector value chains from different stakeholders of the sector, to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in the sector and equipping students to make informed decisions about their careers. More importantly, the seminar is aimed at encouraging entrepreneurship among the country’s young people by exposing them to opportunities that are available in the agro-processing sector for them to explore.
The Head of the Department of Agricultural Management and Information Technology at the Potchefstroom Agricultural College, Mr Sello Mokhachane says the workshop will provide an opportunity for all stakeholders in agriculture to meet in one place under the common goal of making this industry better.
“The workshop will serve as a means to create dialogue between students who aspire to be farmers of tomorrow and experts in various disciplines within agriculture. Knowledge-sharing and transfer are the most powerful tools required for sustainability and future economic endeavours,” says Mokhachane.
Speakers at the Potchefstroom workshop will include officials from the dtic, International Trade Administration Commission, Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), Competition Commission and the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC).
Bongani Lukhele – Director: Media Relations
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Issued by: The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic)
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