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Farmer's Weekly 13 September 2019

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.

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2 min.
mboweni’s plan says all the right things

Independent power producers, an independent water regulator, formalisation of the taxi industry, and hints about a state-subsidised agricultural insurance scheme are just some of the suggestions put forward by National Treasury in a new economic plan for South Africa. In a paper recently published by Treasury for public comment, titled ‘Economic transformation, inclusive growth, and competitiveness: Towards an economic strategy for South Africa’, Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni puts forward suggestions aimed at achieving structural reforms that could reverse the downward trend in South Africa’s growth potential and competitiveness. The paper contains the most pragmatic approach to boosting economic growth in South Africa since the National Development Plan (NDP), which it draws on to outline six themes that prioritise economic transformation, inclusive growth, and competitiveness. Its aims, broadly, are a 3% increase…

4 min.
changing the constitution’s property clause is dangerous

“Some commentators seem to think it would matter little if the Constitution were changed to allow for expropriation without compensation (EWC), as the present formula for ‘just and equitable’ compensation can already result in zero compensation in certain circumstances. This is a dangerous fallacy. The present Constitutional formula would yield a zero result only in exceptional instances, and generally solely where the market value of the property was zero or very close to this. Think, for example, of mineral-depleted and badly contaminated mining land honeycombed with tunnels (creating a major risk of subsidence), and which cannot be used for housing or any other purpose without costly rehabilitation. CURRENT WORDING The current formula, which is contained in Section 25(3), says that compensation on expropriation must be ‘just and equitable’, and ‘reflect an equitable balance…

2 min.
farmer’s diary

16 TO 18 OCTOBER Livestock Farming Conference THE THEME FOR THE ALDAM STOCKMAN SCHOOL’S 2019 CONFERENCE IS ‘NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR PRECISION LIVESTOCK FARMING’. THE EVENT INCLUDES LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS, AS WELL AS PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATIONS AND THEORY SESSIONS. CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & EXPOS 10 TO 11 SEPTEMBER FoodNext. Africa, Cape Town International Convention Centre.Visit foodnextlive.com. 17 TO 19 SEPTEMBER Urban Agri World, Durban International Convention Centre. Email enquiry@magenta-global. com.sg. 19 SEPTEMBER The Future of the Agriculure Industry in the New Digital Age, Regenesys Campus, Sandton.Email info@regenesys.co.za. 1 TO 3 OCTOBER Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness Conference, Cape Town International Convention Centre.Visit events.crugroup.com/ eastafrica/home. 8 TO 10 OCTOBER The Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa Conference, Bloemfontein. Email aeasa2019@ufs.ac.za. COURSES & TRAINING 13 SEPTEMBER Cattle: Calf Rearing, Muldersdrift. Visit rltsafrica.com/product/calf-rearing. 20 SEPTEMBER Cattle: Calf Rearing, George. Visit rltsafrica.com/product/ calf-rearing. 23 SEPTEMBER Mutton Sheep Production, Zeerust. Email Thembeka Ntsipane at info@bommereaipela.co.za. 28 TO 29 SEPTEMBER The Building…

3 min.

Cataloguing the diversity of insects pestering SA olives A genetic catalogue of the insect pests found on wild and cultivated olive tree species in South Africa is being compiled by a small team of geneticists at the Faculty of AgriSciences at Stellenbosch University (SU). The study is being led by Dr Barbara van Asch. “Knowing which insect species there are, and how to definitively identify one from another, is of value to both the agriculture and environment sectors,” says Van Asch. “It helps the industry keep tabs on the introduction of potentially harmful or invasive species into local orchards.” To identify insect species on specific visual cues requires great skill. In recent years, this process has been made easier thanks to genetic research tools that allow researchers to distinguish between different species based…

3 min.
from our archives

4 JULY 1979 Fat kills dogs too 40 YEARS AGO As dogs get older, they tend to gain weight, and excess weight is your dog’s greatest enemy, according to this article. Medical knowledge in human and veterinary fields has progressed by leaps and bounds during this century. We now know that fat is a killer. In the veterinary field, this is also true and a fat dog is an unhealthy dog. As dogs get older and they tend to get a middle-age spread, it is important for their owners to realise this and to see that their diet and exercise is maintained at a sensible level to keep them from putting on too much weight, which can affect their heart and overall health. As far as exercise goes, the old dog should have just as much…

3 min.
state intervention has a negative impact on commodity markets

We continue to witness interventionist policy approaches in Africa’s agricultural markets. A few weeks ago, it was the Zimbabwean government banning farmers from selling maize to any entity or buyer except the state-owned Grain Marketing Board. Now, it is Zambian authorities capping maize prices. On 25 August, we learned that the Zambian government had placed a price cap of $199/t (about R3 023/t) on maize, and justified its actions by noting its concerns about rising maize prices, which could disadvantage many poor Zambian households. PLACING A CAP ON COMMODITY PRICES DRIVES AWAY INVESTMENT The maize prices have increased notably over the past couple of months due to a 16% year-on-year decline in Zambia’s 2019 maize production to about two million tons, according to data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). While the market…