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44th ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION

"THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON EXTENSION DELIVERY IN SOUTH AFRICA"

CLUB MYKONOS, LANGEBAAN, WESTERN CAPE PROVINCE,3-7 MAY, 2010

PRESIDENTIAL STATEMENT ON THE SASAE CONFERENCE HELD AT CLUB MYKONOS, LANGEBAAN, WESTERN CAPE, FROM 3 – 7 MAY 2010.
     

The South African Society for Agricultural Extension is a professional organization for agricultural practitioners in South Africa which is more than 40 years old. It plays a significant role for its members by organizing annual conferences to exchange knowledge through scientific and popular papers that address specific topics according to the theme identified for that particular year.

The 44th Annual conference of the South African Society for Agricultural Extension (SASAE) was held at Club Mykonos in Langebaan, Western Cape Province from 3 - 7 May 2010. The theme of the conference was “The Impact of Climate Change on Extension Delivery in South Africa”.

The conference was officially opened by the provincial Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Gerrit Van Rensburg. He shared his knowledge about climate change. He challenged all delegates to make Land Reform work. He brought to light that human activities are partly to blame for climate change.

He cited an example of Lake Chad which is reported to be fast deteriorating. According to him, 50 % of its water loss is due to evaporation while the other half of it is due to human behavior downstream from the lake. For example, the herdsmen are accused of overgrazing while farmers are accused of over irrigating their fields.

Those who did not attend have lost a lot. Thirty two papers were presented during the conference. Knowledgeable speakers presented their views about climate change of which some were backed up by empirical data while others used models that were interesting.

For a detail insight, one is advised to refer to the conference proceedings bound in a CD. Each member of the organization is entitled for one CD.

 

The conference had organized a Gala Dinner in which a quest speaker stimulated the conference delegates. Awards were also awarded to the most active Branch; as usual the Central Branch topped all and received the floating trophy. I encourage other Branches to work hard in order to change this state of affairs in which year after year the award goes to the Central Branch.

Other Awards presented were for papers and posters presented at the Conference. The “Most Popular Paper” at the Conference was awarded to Prof. C van der Westhuizen for the paper: “Using Extension Officers to stimulate scholars in Agriculture”.

The “Most Scientific Paper” was awarded to Mr. J W Jordaan for the paper: “Land reform in the Arid Central Karoo: A baseline assessment of farm-level economic viability and implications for extension delivery”. The “Best Poster” was presented by Messrs. J W Jordaan & H J F Grobler for the poster: “A different approach towards conducting skills audits for Land Reform beneficiaries: A case study in the Central Karoo”.

Dr Elliot Zwane
President: SASAE

For all of you who attended, thank you very much. To the others - you missed a lot!!
The CD`s of the proceedings for the conference will be posted in two weeks time, look out for them. We will publish an overview of the conference shortly.

Kind Regards
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