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MEC Qoboshiyane opens SASAS conference in Port Elizabeth

By Afikile Lugunya - Sep 19, 2017
MEC Qoboshiyane opens SASAS conference in Port Elizabeth

Eastern Cape MEC for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform (DRDAR), Mlibo Qoboshiyane, on Monday officially opened the South African Society of Animal Science (SASAS) conference in Port Elizabeth.

The conference will conclude at the Boardwalk International Conference Centre (ICC) on Thursday.

The main focus of the conference will be on presentations of research papers and scientific reports on South Africa’s animal health.

In his speech, MEC Qoboshiyane focussed on how animal scientists should help communal farmers benefit from their research and innovation to increase commercial benefits for rural farmers from owning livestock.

MEC Qoboshiyane also announced partnership agreements his department as signed with agriculture commodity groups to development and grow livestock production commercially in the province as part of the agriculture economic transformation strategy.

Qoboshiyane also expressed the importance of agriculture in growing the economy.

“Agriculture is the most important industry each country has and that is no exception to South Africa, and indeed for the great Province of the Eastern Cape,” he told delegates.

“Agriculture contributed to pulling our nation’s economy from a recession onto a positive trajectory during the last quarter.”

He also highlighted that the SASAS celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017 and a part of that will help in developing new technology and new research platforms.

“We are also facing a number of issues such as drought, a new research capacity that is required and I think that new scholars will help in bringing new ideas to the practical.

“Conferences like these that will bring fresh ideas to the practical operation, to the farmers is going to ensure that implementing new approaches to our venetians,” Qoboshiyane said.

SASAS is the overarching body that promotes agricultural research in food animal science and production of animal fibers and related products throughout South Africa.

The SASAS’s mission is to advance animal science, promote viable animal production systems, while sustaining natural resources and the environment, and thereby to serve the interests of human welfare.