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Embracing green energy revolution at NAMPO Cape Expo

Issues pertaining to food security and the need to adopt technology into farming practices to meet energy and production challenges were the core topics of discussion at the NAMPO Cape 2023 agricultural show which took place from 13-16 September 2023 in Bredasdorp, South Africa

Among the most important parts of the green energy revolution, is the widespread replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines, and bioenergy systems to power farm operations. Ultimately, the aim is for farmers to generate renewable energy, lessen their dependence on the national grid and the impact of ever-increasing electricity tariffs, and build greater energy security and stability.

Other considerations include replacing diesel-powered machinery with electric or biofuel-powered equipment. The benefits are realised not only in reduced levels of greenhouse gases but also in lower maintenance costs. These vehicles are, therefore, sustainable, and efficient – prime requirements for farmers who need to avoid mechanical downtime, especially at harvest time.

“Sustainable farming practices, the introduction of technology, and on-farm use of renewable energy sources will make agriculture more resilient to the impacts of climate change, such as extreme weather events.

“The role of Standard Bank in the green energy revolution is to act as a catalyst for economic growth. As agriculture is a core economic activity, we are committed to supporting responsible environmental change and the development of agriculture. We will continue to help achieve these goals by assisting with the development of commercial green projects and through our support of commercial and small-scale farmers.”

“Sustainable farming is the future, and we are the partners that will assist with its development,” concluded head of agriculture at Standard Bank Group, Nico Groenewald.

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