Growing agricultural output will help to feed the world and improve rural economies. Delegates attending the 22nd Congress of IFMA in Tasmania, Australia will hear from farm managers, consultants and academics from around the world, as they discuss the challenges facing farm managers working to increase output.
The South African council member of the International Farm Management Association (IFMA), Dr. Frikkie Maré, is encouraging role players in the South African agricultural sector to attend the 22nd IFMA Congress in Tasmania, in March 2019.
“The IFMA Congress is a valuable opportunity for people working in agriculture industries to meet other agricultural professionals from around the world, find out what practices are used in other countries and learn more about global agricultural issues,” Dr. Maré said.
“The congress is held at different locations around the world every second year and attracts about 300 delegates from more than 30 countries.”
The theme of the 22nd Congress is Growing Agriculture @ 41 Degrees South – excellence in farm management through innovation, diversification and integration with tourism. The congress will include presentations and farm visits with a focus on farming in Tasmania, a state with mostly smaller diversified farms, producing mainly for export markets.
“I would also strongly encourage South African agricultural professionals to consider the pre-congress and post-congress tours which provide opportunities for networking and building international relationships which can have long-term benefits,” Dr. Maré said.
The week-long pre-congress tour will take delegates through the main farming areas of Tasmania, visiting farms and tourist sites on the way. The post-congress tour will take delegates to farming areas through south-eastern Australia, starting in Melbourne and finishing in Sydney.
The 22nd IFMA Congress will run from 3-8 March 2019 with a pre-congress and a post-congress tour either side. Registrations opened in May 2018.
Special arrangements are available for Next Generation agricultural managers, including an extra day for farm visits and mentoring, discounted registration fee, and opportunities for host farm accommodation.