During the three-day congress, delegates are updated on agricultural technology and have the opportunity to hear about new developments in processing.
The plenary session on the first day provides practical insight into the challenges and lessons learnt from the previous season. The exhibition component of the congress is where delegates can see technology in action and growers can speak to exhibitors about their on-farm challenges and receive advice on appropriate technology solutions.
The SASTA annual congress in the only event in the sugar industry calendar where all industry members can come together socially.
It is always valuable to have growers at the agricultural sessions to share their experiences and ask pertinent questions. In this manner, audience and technologists understanding is improved. In turn, growers who attend receive information that puts them at the forefront of new technology knowledge – it is interesting to note that growers who attend SASTA are often also early technology adopters.
This year, SASTA will be hosting a special workshop for growers to maximise the opportunity afforded by having Dr Hennie Groenewald, Executive Manager Biosafety South Africa, as the keynote speaker. It is called “All you need to know about Genetically Modified Sugarcane: The South African Journey Begins”.
Professor Anne Stark will chair a session that will showcase students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and their investigations into the biorefinery and downstream products. SASTA is the only platform in the country – and potentially the continent – where growers can receive such a comprehensive update on these topics.
SASTA Congress time allows for everyone to get away from their “office” and spend three days immersed in science and technology and networking with the industry technology leaders and technologists from other countries especially Africa.
The congress provides the energy and activities that can be used to provide fresh ideas for business solutions. As importantly it provides a unique convergence of networking, learning and fun into a couple of days and who would not want to grow and thrive?