A very successful “Information Day” with focus on irrigation in the agriculture sector was recently held here at the Elgin Grabouw Country Club. The local venue and its conference facility played home to over 100 national and international delegates on 5 September 2017, proudly hosted by local irrigation firm Cherry Irrigation – in partnership with Netafim.
Guest speakers included Etienne Erasmus – Managing Director of Netafim South Africa, Anton Müller – Technical Manager Kromco, Ziv Charitt – Head Agronomist Netafim Israel, Mark Stanford – Windermere Farm and Charles Cherry – Cherry Irrigation.
Important topics which play fundamental roles in an often-challenging environment (especially given the current economic climate), were highlighted during this well-organised conference. Topics which served to provide crucial information to the delegates, included areas such as “New Technologies and Strategies” to help take irrigation in South Africa to the forefront.
Special guest speaker, Mr. Alan Winde – Minster of Economic Opportunities (Western Cape), used this conference as the perfect opportunity to unveil “Plan B” – a government-led initiative which aims to tackle drought and combat water shortages especially in the Overberg vicinity – the “fruit basket” of Southern Africa. Alan highlighted once again the extreme importance of water as a commodity and its vital role played in agriculture.
After a delicious lunch, delegates were treated to a visit to local Lorraine Farm – where a demonstration of a newly implemented “water-saving” irrigation system was conducted.
2017 see’s Cherry Irrigation proudly celebrating 30 years since it was founded – a remarkable achievement which left delegates feeling inspired and motivated about the future ahead for irrigation in South Africa.
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