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LIMPOPO; POLOKWANE: After a two-year hiatus, since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and declaration of the state of disaster, several sectors were severely affected including the tourism sector, which was the most affected after several months without operation. The country made great strides and efforts to fight the pandemic and now gradually moving back to normality. The relaxation of the COVID-19 restrictions has also seen the return of tourism business in the first quarter of 2022, which saw Limpopo Province come back with a bang. South African Institute of Agricultural Engineers (SAIAE) in partnership with South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB) and Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA) present the much-anticipated CPD (Continuous Professional Development) accredited Biennial Symposium 2022. The event will be held from the 21st to 23rd September, at Fairview Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort in Tzaneen of Limpopo Province, South Africa. “We look forward to hosting all SAIAE members at the Fairview Hotel in Tzaneen for a long- awaited in person multi-day CPD event. We have established that agricultural and all engineers practicing in the agricultural industry are generating world class solutions in government departments (nationally and provincially), private sector and in research organizations”, emphasized President of SAIAE, Mr. Thabo Mavundza. This event has over the years housed over 200 local and international engineers and scientists, who have shared knowledge and insight on local and international case studies, cutting-edge technology in the agricultural sector, and new, exciting, and innovative solutions in the agricultural industry. “This year, we expect nothing less and the South African Institute of Agricultural Engineers Council calls on all interested parties, active in the agricultural sector to attend this world class event”, concluded, Mavundza.   The theme of the symposium this year is: “The Rise of Engineering Agriculture” – welcome to the future, today, it arrived yesterday! Issues to be addressed by the symposium will include but not limited to the following: Energy Conservation, Sustainable Energy, Food Processing and Preservation, Water Resource Management, Drought Impact Mitigation, Agricultural Structures, Agricultural Machinery and Mechanization, Environmental Engineering, Covid-19 Impact on Agricultural Operations and System, Impact of Flood on Agricultural Infrastructure, Engineering Solutions for Rural Farmers and 4thIndustrial Revolution in Agricultural Engineering. “Alongside making this momentous announcement and successful bidding as the ideal host destination for the symposium, this then gives us as an opportunity to grow Agrotourism in the province, something we have not taken advantage of. We would then like to take this LIMPOPO LOOKS TO AGROTOURISM AND BUSINESS TOURISM AS PART OF OUR RECOVERY! Page 2 opportunity to urge our tour operators to take advantage of this opportunity, engage with the production facility owners to develop Agrotourism related packages”, said Mr. Moses Ngobeni Acting CEO of LTA. Limpopo Province has a great story to tell when it comes to Agrotourism, especially in Tzaneen. The following are some of them: WESTFALIA FRUIT Westfalia Fruit is a leading multinational supplier of fresh fruit and related products to international markets. Through our vertically-integrated supply chain we grow, source, and ripen, pack, process and market quality avocados and other produce – across the year and across the globe. ZZ2 GROUP OF COMPANIES The ZZ2 brand is a well-known icon in South Africa with a proud history backed by a great customer value offering and superior economic value for their stakeholders. The ZZ2 farms mainly in the Limpopo Province where the sought-after tomatoes and avocados are cultivated, they also grow mangoes, onions, dates, cherries, apples, pears, stone fruit, almonds, and blueberries. PEPPADEW INTERNATIONAL What started as a modest production facility in the hills of Limpopo, South Africa, has grown into a global food brand. Years of ingenuity has not only led to unprecedented culinary experiences along the way, but also to the development of manufacturing operations of the highest standards. It’s because of these standards that they are proud to supply products to some of the world’s largest retailers and food manufacturers, in over 25 countries around the world. SETŠONG TEA CRAFTERS Setšong Tea Crafters is a 100% black-owned Company comprising of youth and women. The company stimulates the economy in a collaboration with rural cooperatives from Limpopo developed by a community development organization; Siyaphila Youth Support Services. End ISSUED ON BEHALF OF LTA BY: KGATLA NTLHEKENG MEDIA LIAISION OFFICER LIMPOPO TOURISM AGENCY Tel: 015 293 3600 Cell: 082 041 5116 Email:

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