JOHANNESBURG, The South African department of Trade and Industry is organizing the Technology and Human Research for Industry Programme (THRIP) Agro-processing Symposium here this week to create a platform where government-funded research is showcased to the relevant industry for possible exploitation and industrialization.

The two-day conference oepning herre Tuesday also aims to engage important stakeholders on critical issues in the agriculture and agro-processing value chain.

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said Monday that the symposium would also expose unexploited research findings to the industry with the intention of having them commercialised. The symposium will bring together industry experts in the sector and the government to engage on critical issues affecting the sector.

Since its inception over two decades ago, the THRIP has supported research from all industry sectors. Most of the investment, in terms of value, went into the manufacturing sector followed by agriculture and agro-processing. Many good outputs, including patents, products and prototypes produced have not been exploited through this research, said Davies.

The THRIP has been in place to improve the competitiveness in South African industries and to stimulate collaboration between industry and academia for an improved knowledge-based economy. This year's symposium will be held under the theme "Advancing Agro-processing through Digital Technologies".


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