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Farmer's Weekly 20 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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africa’s quiet, but fierce, agri revolution

The well-known saying that change happens slowly at first, and then all at once, is probably a misquote from Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel, The Sun Also Rises, which reads: “How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asked. “Two ways,” Mike said. “Gradually and then suddenly.” Misquote or not, it is very true that revolutions and transformation, or any kind of change, often follow this pattern – the slow, almost imperceptible tiptoeing towards the sudden big leap. This is exactly what has been happening with the agricultural revolution in Africa. While all the talking was going on at the African Union, the African Development Bank, and other platforms about how this revolution could be unleashed, the farmers and their input suppliers on the one hand, and output supply and value chains on the other,…

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EDITORIAL TEAM EDITOR Denene Erasmus ( MANAGING EDITOR Janine Ryan ( NEWS EDITOR Julinda Schroeder ( ART DIRECTOR Vian Roos DESIGNER Louis Kruger CHIEF COPY EDITOR Paul Sulter COPY EDITORS Fanie de Villiers and Yvonne Fontyn DIGITAL EDITOR Sindira Chetty ( OFFICE ASSISTANT Prenusha Moodley JOURNALISTS NORTHERN REGION Pieter Dempsey 087 087 8787 ( Siyanda Sishuba 087 087 7037 ( CENTRAL REGION Annelie Coleman, Bothaville 082 862 9897 ( Sabrina Dean, Bloemfontein 082 222 9172 ( KWAZULU-NATAL Lloyd Phillips, Mooi River 084 505 9343 ( WESTERN CAPE Jeandré van der Walt, Cape Town 021 001 2432, 078 422 2441 ( ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER Reinhard Lotz 087 158 0278 ( JOHANNESBURG Andy Nxumalo 087 087 7067 ( Francis Germishuys 087 158 0299 ( Velile Ncube 087 158 0298 ( CAPE TOWN Francois Jansen van Rensburg 021 001 2433, 082 653 8580, ( 36 Old Mill Road, Ndabeni AUCTIONS & CLASSIFIEDS Natasha Kock 087 087 8899 ( Renè Moonsamy 087 087 8900 ( Layout artist:…

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success measures to track transformation in agriculture

“There is an overwhelming consensus amongst farmers, policymakers and researchers that to create more jobs and enhance food security in South Africa, the agriculture sector needs to grow on an inclusive basis. Minister Thoko Didiza of the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, delivering her budget vote on 16 July 2019, concurred with this idea and encouraged all stakeholders to make a concerted effort to grow the sector inclusively to ensure that no one was left behind. But what does an ‘inclusive’ agriculture sector mean? What initiatives have been created to achieve it? How can we measure the success of inclusive agriculture? DEFINING THE CONCEPT Inclusive agriculture could mean various things to different players in the sector. However, the most commonly used definition is provided in Chapter 6 of the National Development…

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farmer’s diary

14 TO 18 OCTOBER Cattle Dairy Farming Management THIS COURSE EXAMINES THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION AND MANAGEMENT OF SYSTEMS USED IN DAIRY MANAGEMENT, INCLUDING NUTRITION, RECORD-KEEPING, MANAGEMENT OF MILKING, AND INSTALLATION OF MILKING MACHINES. CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & EXPOS 17 TO 19 SEPTEMBER Urban Agri World, Durban International Convention Centre. Email enquiry@magenta-global. 19 SEPTEMBER The Future of the Agriculure Industry in the New Digital Age, Regenesys Campus, Sandton.Email 1 TO 3 OCTOBER Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness Conference, Cape Town International Convention Centre.Visit eastafrica/home. 8 TO 10 OCTOBER The Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa Conference, Bloemfontein. Email 9 TO 10 OCTOBER Undercover Farming Expo and Conference, Allée Bleue Estate, Cape Town. Email Suzanne Oosthuizen at, or phone her on 082 832 1604. COURSES & TRAINING 20 SEPTEMBER Cattle: Calf Rearing, George. Visit calf-rearing. 23 SEPTEMBER Mutton Sheep Production, Zeerust. Email Thembeka Ntsipane at 28 TO…

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Restoring soil health Studies by scientists have shown that soil health in South Africa is declining more and more every year. Looking at specific soil biological indicators that are linked to root health and nutrient mineralisation in around 10 000 soil samples over the past five years, it has been found that more than 70% have not had optimal soil biological life. Measuring soil health is a critical component for sustainable farming. We now number more than 7,5 billion people on the planet, all of whom must be fed. At the frontlines of this great battle are our farmers. They are being asked to achieve something almost miraculous: produce more food, using similar inputs, under climatic constraints. The resource from which they must do this is an extremely precious asset: the soil. BREAKTHROUGHS The farmers’…

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matter of fact

In the article ‘SA’s Brahman council clamps down on show-ring cheats’ (FW, 13 September), it was published that Japie van der Westhuizen, general manager of SA Stud Book, said that a stud breeder found guilty of manipulating the birthdates of their animals could face expulsion from the Brahman Cattle Breeders’ Association of South Africa. This is incorrect. It was in fact Sydney Hunt, president of the council of the association, who made this statement. • Farmer’s Weekly has a high regard for factual accuracy and welcomes reader input.…