The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic), in partnership with the Waterberg TVET College, will host a seminar to expose students to opportunities available in the agro-processing industry. The seminar will take place at the IT and Computer Science Centre of the Mokopane campus of the college in Limpopo from 5-6 October 2022 from 09:00.

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 Waterberg seminar is part of an agro-processing student exposure programme that the department is rolling out throughout the country in order to reach out to young people at institutions of higher learning. Five tertiary institutions have been identified for  2022, namely; the University of Limpopo, University of  Mpumalanga, Waterberg FET College, Owen Sithole College of Agriculture which is based in KwaZulu-Natal, and the North West-based Potchefstroom Agricultural College.  the dtic hosted students from the University of Limpopo for the first seminar of the 2022 which took place in Pretoria in June.

The main purpose of this programme is for the information sharing about the agro-processing sector value chains from different stakeholders of the sector, to promote entrepreurship and innovation in the sector and equipping students to make informed decisions about their careers. Moreovser, 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.

Speakers at the Waterberg seminar are expected to include officials from the Department of Small Business Development, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development in Limpopo, Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism Limpopo, Limpopo Economic Development Agency (Leda), International Trade Administration Commission,  Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), National Empowerment Fund (NEF), South African Bureau of Standard (SABS). 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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