Schedule of Activities

While the global pandemic’s impact on in-person events was being felt around the world, the desire to connect had never been greater. The second annual BioSolutions Africa event broke down the physical and travel barriers to help bring the world community together for an unprecedented digital experience.

Tuesday, 14 July

0900-1300

Education Sessions

0900-0930
Education Session

The Retailer of Tomorrow

Join Kobus Pienaar, lead on Food Security and Farming for the Future from Woolworths, discuss how retailers are sourcing produce and tracking production systems amid heightened consumer demand for sustainable foods grown with transparent practices.

1000-1015
Education Session

Challenges and Opportunities in Citrus Crops

Join Paul Hardman, Industry Affairs Manager for the Citrus Growers Association of South Africa, discuss how agronomic challenges and MRLs are putting pressure on growers to incorporate new biological products into their production systems.

1015-1045
Discussions and Roundtables

Citrus Growers Panel Discussion

Learn case studies in successful implementation from this stakeholders on leading practices and the current limitation for greater adoption of biological controls.

1045-1100
Discussions and Roundtables

Q&A with Citrus Grower Panel

This is your opportunity to engage with, and ask questions of, Dr. Sean Moore, Dr. Wilma Du Plooy, and Karlien Grobler about their research into biological controls.

1130-1200
Mini-Session

Real Solutions to Agronomic Challenges

Learn how suppliers are refining their portfolios to treat specific biotic and abiotic stressors in this pragmatic look at products and solutions. Suppliers can participate in this session by contacting our staff.

1200-1300
Education Session

MRL Management for Export Crops

Join Pauline Marie of global consultancy Eurofins to discuss Europe’s evolving regulatory system and its impact on producers as they navigate new product bans and revised MRLs. Learn which chemistries require replacement products for the EU market, how new MRLs might require changes to production systems to retain market access, and how growers and agents can access information about new regulations and criteria.

Wednesday, 15 July

0900-1300

Education Sessions

0900-0930
Education Session

Global Demand Trends of Biological Products with Focus on Key African Markets

Mark Trimmer of data consultancy DunhamTrimmer explores trends in the adoption of biological products around the world and why Africa is on target for a biological product boom. Learn about adoption trends and popular pest/stress targets for key products.

1000-1015
Education Session

South Africa in Focus: Trends, Challenges and Market Opportunities

Join SABO Chairperson Jaco Marais to discuss aspects related to the bio-industry, challenges, market trends, and successful integration with traditional crop production products and methods.

1015-1045
Discussions and Roundtables

Supplier Panel Discussion

A round-table discussion, moderated by Jaco Maris of SABO, will feature a variety of key stakeholder voices from the South African biological industry. SABO will be joined by a panel of industry experts that include suppliers of biological products. The panel will address key aspects related to the bio-industry. Challenges, market trends and successful integration with crop production, will be highlighted along with keen insights from panelists. The panel of experts include:

  • Andre Fox, Madumbi Sustainable Agriculture
  • Dr. Freddie Denner, UPL OpenAg
  • Peter Peacock, Nexus AG (tentative)
1045-1100
Discussions and Roundtables

Q&A with Supplier Panel

Don’t miss this chance to engage with, and ask questions of, Andre Fox, Dr. Freddie Denner, and Peter Peacock regarding the latest biological products and market opportunities available to growers.

1130-1200
Mini-Session

Real Solutions to Agronomic Challenges

Learn how suppliers are refining their portfolios to treat specific biotic and abiotic stressors in this pragmatic look at products and solutions. Suppliers can participate in this session by contacting our staff.

1200-1230
Education Session

The Use of Biological Products by Growers

Join Mbali Nwoko, CEO of Green Terrace, as she walks us through her process of evaluating new products and how she works with agents, agronomists, and others in the value chain to determine efficacy and ROI on the farm.

Thursday, 16 July

0900-1300

Education Sessions

0900-0930
Education Session

The Convergence of IPM

Join CropLife Africa CEO Rodney Bell detail why biological products have become an important companion to traditional crop protection chemistries and how South African businesses can incorporate them into their portfolios.

1000-1030
Education Session

Precision Pest Management

The number of emerging invasive plant pests is rising rapidly around the world. Fortunately there are numerous new and emerging technologies that allow us to track and unravel this complexity, from molecular and chemical analyses, to breeding approaches and data collection through smart technologies, and the integration, analysis and sharing of data across fields. These technologies also allow much more precise approaches for pest management than ever before but require that we think differently about the development of IPM tools. In this session Dr. Bernard Slippers and his panelist highlight a number of these technologies and explore how to harness the opportunities they offer to deal with the expected scale, complexity and changing nature of global plant pest problems in the future.

1030-1045
Discussions and Roundtables

Capacity Development Panel Discussion

1045-1100
Discussions and Roundtables

Q&A with Capacity Development Panel

Join a panel discussion with public-private partnership stakeholders for a practical primer on capacity development and value chain creation for Southern Africa.

1130-1200
Mini-Session

Real Solutions to Agronomic Challenges

Learn how suppliers are refining their portfolios to treat specific biotic and abiotic stressors in this pragmatic look at products and solutions. Suppliers can participate in this session by contacting our staff.

1200-1230
Education Session

 Case Study: How to Improve Soil Health in Orchard Environments

Join Mike Omeg of Orchard View Cherries as he explores his evolution of adopting biologicals into his chemical treatment plans. His hybrid system has been a template for other growers around the world as farms continue to assess how to mitigate biotic and abiotic stress in their operations.