Farmer's Weekly

28 January 2022

Farmer’s Weekly is an agricultural magazine based in South Africa, targeting the whole of Southern Africa. The magazine is committed to advancing the interests of the region’s farmers and its agricultural industry by serving as a mouthpiece for the industry and by keeping its readers informed of the latest developments in the agricultural sector.

País:
South Africa
Idioma:
English
Editor:
CTP Limited
Periodicidad:
Weekly
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3 min.
the world’s fertiliser crisis

Fertiliser prices have skyrocketed over the past year, with some as much as 130% higher year-on-year. Analysts expect that these high prices will prevail in 2022, particularly as the prices of Brent crude oil and natural gas are expected to remain elevated. This is bad news for farmers, especially those in developing countries. High fertiliser prices have largely been driven by a global shortage of these inputs. The exorbitant cost of natural gas, for example, is one of the factors that has led to a shortage of fertilisers, as natural gas is vital in the production thereof. Limited production and exports by countries such as China, one of the world’s key producers of nitrogen-based fertilisers, have also led to the shortage in global supply. Some farmers in developed countries have also…

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6 min.
combating the effects of soil pollution

“Human activities over thousands of years have left a legacy of polluted soils across the world. These activities include, amongst others, improper disposal of hazardous and urban waste, industrial processes, mining, military actions and armed conflicts, and unsustainable agricultural practices. In sub-Saharan Africa, agriculture, mining, transport and energy generation are sources of soil pollution, with pesticide use by farmers considered the most significant contributor of soil contaminants. The application of fertiliser to enhance crop production has also been shown to be a source of soil pollution in the region. Manure as a by-product of livestock production can result in soil pollution when the manure is disposed of in landfill areas or stockpiled on other bare soil surfaces. A study conducted at the Animal and Livestock Science experimental farm of the Federal University…

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1 min.
farmer’s diary

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4 min.
a matter of fine-tuning

Making money from an egg unit depends on many factors, and each has to be fine-tuned to optimise profits, as this article revealed. It is often said that egg yield (the number of eggs per bird) is the leading factor determining the profit in egg production. That is not the complete answer, otherwise ducks would rule the roost, with their far more prolific output. Questions of public taste, egg size, feed consumption and even publicity all play a role in profitability. The ‘inequalities’ in such things as feed and pullet costs, overheads and egg prices are the factors that can tip the balance between profit and loss and make the running of an egg unit a matter of fine-tuning, where small adjustments can have a large effect on final results. The successful producer is constantly…

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4 min.
letters

We must honour Tutu’s legacy of peace The recent passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has left South Africans and the world completely empty and hopeless. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was one of South Africa’s driving forces behind putting an end to the policy of racial segregation and discrimination enforced by the white minority government from 1948 until the dawn of the country’s democracy in 1994. Tutu’s civil and human rights work was saluted around the world and his fearless stance against apartheid made him a true symbol of the Rainbow Nation. I want to urge every South African to follow in this great icon’s footsteps by always engaging in non-violent endeavours to defuse all types of conflict in the country, especially those surrounding land disputes in large parts of KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga…

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2 min.
trending in agriculture

MOST POPULAR ON FARMERSWEEKLY.CO.ZA THOUSANDS OF HECTARES DESTROYED IN KLEINMOND WILDFIRE A wildfire that started in Highlands, at an old pine plantation managed by the national Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, near Kleinmond in the Western Cape, has destroyed more than 4 700ha of fynbos and plantations since it began on Saturday, 8 January 2022. Read the full article at bit.ly/3tt09kK, or scan here: Posted: 11 January 2022. Follow us at @FarmersWeeklySA @FarmersWeeklySA @FarmersWeeklySA @FarmersWeeklySA @FarmersWeeklySA @FarmersWeeklySA FROM FACEBOOK @FarmersWeeklySA We posted a video that showed the results of the excessive and unabating rainfall in the western part of the summer grain production region of South Africa, and some of our followers commented on the situation. Posted: 6 January 2022. READERS’ COMMENTS Roland Kroon: “So much sympathy for those who suffered, but unless we get the soil…

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