One would assume the month that most excites farmers and agricultural role players would be the one in which they harvest their crops, especially in a good season. In the case of SA that might not be true. The most talked about month on SA’s agricultural calendar is May, because of Grain SA’s flagship event, the Nampo festival. Nampo is the largest show of agricultural machinery and livestock in the southern hemisphere. But the event offers more than just farm implements — it is a platform for networking with players in the entire agricultural value chain, it showcases cutting-edge technologies, and it provides informative panel discussions where robust agricultural policy matters are discussed in a frank way with farmers and industry roleplayers. This year’s event will surely not disappoint, at least from a networking, technological, and policy discussion point of view. There is a lot to talk about on the policy direction of the country after we had just wrapped up the elections. I...

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