12 April 2021. How is the wine industry doing one year after the launch of Covid-19, and what’s new in the field of wine grape growing? Winetech and Vinpro answer these and other questions during a series of regional information sessions in May.

The Winetech Vinpro Regional Information Days will be presented from 6 to 20 May 2021, of which four can be attended digitally and one physically.

“Representatives of Vinpro and SAWIS (SA Wine Industry Information & Systems) kick off each of the sessions with an overview of the state of the South African wine industry one year after the onset of Covid-19 in the country – an extremely challenging year for the majority of wine-related businesses,” says Conrad Schutte, manager of Vinpro’s viticultural consultation services. Thereafter industry experts will share vineyard technical research, trends, practical tips, Winetech research projects and Gen-Z trials that are relevant to the respective regions.

During the Robertson region’s digital session on 6 May, an overview will be provided of the past season’s climatic conditions and the accumulation and breakdown of sugar and acidity during ripening. We also reflect on the reasons for the widespread occurrence of powdery mildew this year and how to prevent and manage it going forward, while also focusing on the susceptibility of rootstocks to the most important nematodes.

Producers in Breedekloof and Worcester can join the live webinar on 11 May, which will review post-harvest fertilisation during a late season, errors and successes with weed control, pests and diseases during this past season and a new pest in wine and table grape vineyards called Lobesia.

The Cape South Coast’s digital session on 13 May focuses on the status, management and impact of the leafroll virus on the South African wine industry. Industry experts provide a global perspective on South Africa’s leafroll status and introduce new commercially available tools for monitoring and analysing these infections, as well as progress in California with a mating disruption programme for mealybugs in vineyards. Finally, the presenters will outline the effect of the leafroll virus on grape composition and wine quality, as well as the economic considerations with regard to the control of leafroll.

Wine grape producers and viticulturists in the Olifants River region will meet at Die Keldery in Vredendal on 18 May for an overview of research projects and vineyard trials in the region, as well as a comparison of 2.3 and 4 litre drippers to determine which irrigation system would be the best option to improve and maintain soil health.

Tune in digitally on 20 May for Paarl and Swartland’s overview of the 2021 wine grape harvest, the effect of Pinotage ripeness on the composition of the grapes, wine and wine style, as well as practical lessons learned on the management of downy and powdery mildew during the past season and the development of wine grapes that are resistant to these two grapevine diseases.

The registration fee for each of the sessions is R150 per person. Those who have registered will receive a link 24 hours before the digital sessions.

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29 March 2021. Lactalis South Africa’s 10-months Mature Gouda, made especially for Woolworths, was crowned the South African Dairy Product of the Year for an unrivalled third time at the South African Dairy Awards on Friday 26 March 2021 at Cavalli Estate near Stellenbosch. This achievement is a first for the SA Dairy Championships, celebrating its 188th year of existence.

The Gouda, an aromatic and full-flavoured cheese, was one of almost 900 dairy products from 68 producers that vied for the attention of the 60 judges. From the big number of entries, only eight were honoured with the Qualité mark of excellence (full list of the crème de la crème below) and 106 – the winners in each championships class – were named SA Champion.

“For a product to be chosen as Dairy Product of the Year in a competition of this nature is the dream of every cheesemaker,” says dairy expert and chief judge Alan Fourie. “That the honour befalls this year’s winner of the prestigious title for the third time, is exceptional. The Woolworths 10-months Mature Gouda truly is a product that has stood the test of time, but also a proof of the continued use of excellent ingredients. Technically and gastronomically it is as close to perfection as a cheese product can come.”

Marek Warzywoda, General Manager: Lactalis South Africa (LSA), says his team is overjoyed at having the choice Extra Mature Gouda named as the Product of the Year for an unprecedented third time. “In addition, this is also the fourth time we’ve claimed the overall top award in five years. Team LSA’s hard work, dedication and ambition to produce top quality products have once again paid off. We are immensely proud of our 2021 SA Dairy Championships performance.”

Warzywoda also complimented Agri-Expo on organising “yet another successful SA Dairy Championships and Awards”.


 The SA Dairy Championships has been presented by Agri-Expo with great success since 1834. According to Johan Ehlers, CEO of Agri-Expo, most important international dairy events worldwide were cancelled in 2020 and postponed in 2021. “The South African Dairy Championships is in fact the only major dairy championships in the world that took place in 2020 and 2021,” says Ehlers. “To make this possible, we had to adjust the judging process to two days and present the awards as a hybrid event.”

According to Ehlers, the large number of entries and extraordinary products entered this year are reasons to be optimistic about the future of the dairy industry in South Africa: “This year’s results testify to an innovative industry and healthy competition between individuals, small and medium businesses, as well as national and international companies.”

Agri-Expo would like to thank the Platinum partner Synercore as well as all the other partners of the SA Dairy Championships for their commitment to the development of the dairy industry, namely AECI Food & Beverage, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, Condio, Hollard, the Milk Producers’ Organisation (MPO), The Dairy Mail, Woolworths, MANE, Orchem, Polyoak Packaging, IMCD and Tetra Pak.


The SA Dairy Awards can still be viewed at


Clover – Frankfort (2)                                    Mooi River Salted Butter

Clover Salted Butter  Mini Tubs

Lactalis South Africa (Ladismith) (2)        Woolworths Mature Gouda –   10 Months Matured

Président Mature Gouda –  6 months Matured

De Pekelaar Boerenkaas                              De Pekelaar Boerenkaas Old

Famous Brands Cheese Company            Steers Processed Cream Cheese Spread – Onion and Chives

Fairview Cheese Company                          Woolworths Chevin with Garlic and Herb

Fair Cape Dairies                                              Checkers Vanilla Flavoured Custard

For more information and full results please visit or contact Agri-Expo at +27 (0)21 975 4440 or

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Irrigation and Water Management Summit 2021

9 March 2021. Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel in Cape Town South Africa from the 13th and 14th May 2021.

The Federated Management Institute invites you to attend/sponsor/partner at the upcoming Irrigation and Water Management Summit 2021 taking place at the Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel in Cape Town South Africa from the 13th and 14th May 2021.

The Irrigation and Water Management Summit will present recent technological and scientific developments. Water is essential for sustaining life on our planet and its uneven distribution is a source of permanent conflict. The growth of human population combined with the irregularity in precipitation and water availability may restrict even further the access to water in certain regions of the world.

The Summit provides a platform for professionals involved in irrigation and water resources management to exchange  contextual knowledge and gain an insight into the current technology, techniques and solutions in sustainable water management . Participants include a wide variety of stakeholders from research and academia, to industrial sectors as well as government organisations from different from the continent and abroad.

The summit will cover some of the  following topics among others:

  1. Role of irrigation and water management in South Africa production
  2. Smart Irrigation Technologies
  3. Innovative remote sensing based reference evapotranspiration method to support irrigation water management under different climate conditions Irrigation scheduling
  4. Case studies of innovative irrigation management tools & techniques
  5. Optimizing agricultural water management for the green revolution
  6. Climate-smart agriculture for food security

Who Should Attend?

  • Land and Water Management Specialist
  • Irrigation on Specialist & Designers Business Development Managers
  • Irrigation Directors
  • Water Resources Managers
  • Infrastructure Managers
  • Landscape Managers
  • Water Plant Managers
  • Project Heads
  • Technical Department Heads
  • Operations Heads
  • Process Engineers
  • Principal Hydrogeologists  Environmental & Social Advisors
  • Water Use Planners
  • Catchment Management Agencies
  • Water Resources Specialists
  • Water Area Managers
  • Scientific Managers
  • Scheme Managers
  • Business Development Managers
  • Farm Owners/Managers/Supervisors
  • Agricultural Engineers/Project Managers
  • Farm & Agricultural Business Managers
  • Independent Consultants
  • Agronomists
  • Agricultural Extension Officers
  • Team Leaders-Land & Water Management
  • Banking Sector Agricultural Leads
  • Agricultural Programme Officers
  • Rural Development Coordinators
  • Water Quality & Revenue Managers
  • Data Analysts
  • Researchers
  • Lecturers

To Confirm your registration kindly complete and email back the duly signed registration form which is on the last page of the course brochure herein attached to my details to or alternatively call me on the details below regarding Speaker’s Slot ,Sponsorships & Exhibitors Packages.


SA Dairy Championships News

26 February 2021 MEDIA RELEASE

SA Dairy Championships attracts almost 900 entries

 Nearly 900 dairy products compete in the 2021 South African Dairy Championships, the largest and oldest dairy competition in Africa, which takes place from Thursday 25 to Friday 26 February 2021. The championships judging returned to Elsenburg outside Stellenbosch this year after 17 years, where it was previously hosted for ten years, from 1995 to 2004.

“It is a remarkable achievement by the dairy industry to enter such an enormous number of products in this difficult year that is behind us,” says Johan Ehlers, CEO of Agri-Expo. Agri-Expo has been the organiser of the championships since 1834. “It is also exciting news that out of the 68 participating manufacturers, eight new participants have entered the championships this year.”

The judging process had to be divided into two days this year with only 30 judges per day. According to Chief Judge Alan Fourie, the championships is one of the only competitions in the world that uses five judges per category. “The SA Dairy Championships creates a special platform to promote excellence in the dairy industry. Only the best of the best from each manufacturer is entered and therefore the judging has become the national standard according to which large and small manufacturers – from international companies to small cheesemakers – measure themselves against every year, ”says Fourie.

SA Dairy Awards announced virtually

The winner in each of the more than 100 SA Dairy Championships classes is crowned SA Champion, while products of exceptionally high quality also receive the Qualité award, which is recognised as the only mark of quality for dairy products in South Africa. A panel of five experts determines the Product of the Year. These winners will be announced during the South African Dairy Awards on Friday 26 March 2021. Those interested can join in from 19:00 to 20:00 at for a virtual ceremony from Cavalli Estate.

The 2021 SA Dairy Championships is made possible by the partners Agri-Expo, Synercore, AECI Food & Beverage, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, Condio, the Milk Producers’ Organisation (MPO), The Dairy Mail, Woolworths, Hollard, Mane, Orchem , Polyoak Packaging, IMCD and Tetra Pak.

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