Learn urban gardening techniques at this year’s Durban Trade Fair

ELekwini Municipality will use the Durban Business Fair (DBF) platform to bring sector industry experts to transfer skills and innovations to the local business community to ensure sustainability in these difficult economic times.

The fair runs from September 20-25 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Center (Durban ICC) and Durban Exhibition Center (DEC) and will feature over 520 quality locally produced products.

The three-day Agri-Zone program will run from September 23-25 ​​and will expose participants to home urban gardening skills, sustainable agro-ecology techniques and innovative farming methods. Educational sessions will be led by experts who will explain how to create low-cost, low-tech sustainable vegetable gardens using different growing media such as trench beds, vertical growing gardens as well as tower, tire gardens. and in containers depending on the space available.

This objective is to improve household food security and supplement household food baskets while eventually earning income by selling surplus produce to neighbours. The training will also cover learnings about processed foods, aquaculture and ideas and products of intensive agriculture.

The International Pavilion will run from September 23-25 ​​to facilitate export opportunities and will feature around 30 African and international countries including Portugal, Belgium, Austria, Reunion, Congo, Nigeria, India, Ethiopia, Ghana, Angola and many more.

Gugu Bhengu of Gugu Mobile Boutique, which designs exclusive handcrafted traditional accessories and clothing, is delighted to exhibit again at the Fair.

“I joined the show in 2015, which had a positive impact on my business. I’m glad the international pavilion is back to help facilitate export trade. I have received many orders and connected with global delegates at previous shows. The DBF presents critical business connections that energize our businesses. I will be presenting at Seychelles Fashion Week and attending a business seminar in Mauritius soon,” she said.

The Beauty and Makeup Masterclass will be hosted by Edgars Beauty Academy and will offer free makeup tutorials to aspiring beauticians attending the show.

Another interesting feature is an open-air street market where vendors will be selling local cuisine that is part of Durban’s heritage. The market will also offer activities such as pottery, painting and tasting sessions, as well as an arts and crafts market.

Elekwini Councilor Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda said: “This year, following the Covid-19 pandemic, skills development will take center stage at the Fair. We have prioritized skills such as agriculture and creative industry to enable people to become self-employed in their communities.

For more information on Empowerment Seminars, email: [email protected] or call 031 266 9937 or 082 659 4937.

Terri S. Tomasini