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The world record holder in maize production under dryland, Kevin Kalb, will attend the Africa Agri Tech Conference and Expo (AAT 2023) from 14 to 16 March.

For South African producers, this is a unique opportunity to learn from a fellow farmer who can boast a total average yield of 19,5 tons/ha in the last five years, and who continues to push the boundaries of maize production. In fact, Kevin’s personal best of 27,5 tons/ha was achieved during the 2020/21 season, but he continues to aim for the magical 30,95 tons/ha mark.

The Africa Agri Tech Conference and Expo aims to bring together the agricultural, science and technology communities in Southern Africa. Global trends and advances in agricultural science, technology and innovation are discussed and showcased. Leading experts and suppliers in the industry will share information and take part in the exhibit. The event consists of a three-day conference, exhibitions, an event for women in agriculture, an innovation challenge, venture capital presentations, a foreign trade hall, agricultural merit awards and the SA Agricultural Hall of Fame.

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Local poultry scientists gather for first time in two years

Around 400 members of the poultry science community gathered at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) International Convention Centre in Pretoria for the 39th symposium of the South African branch of the World Poultry Science Association.

The theme of this year’s symposium was “Applied poultry science in a challenging environment.” It was fitting as the event was held a week after Argentina closed its borders for exports due to highly pathogenic avian influenza. During the symposium, two of the most important topics discussed were poultry health and the economy.

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