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Farmer's Weekly

Farmer's Weekly 04 October 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.
blame anc for big farmers’ success

There were two highlights at the Transvaal Agricultural Union of South Africa’s (TAU SA) recent annual congress in Pretoria. The first was the delicious game dry wors sold by TAU SA’s youth organisation, and the second was the insightful presentation by agricultural economist Dr Philip Theunissen on whether or not it was possible at all, in today’s turbulent economic climate, for farmers to achieve optimal profit from their farming activities. TAU SA’s members are commercial farmers, and it is openly and vehemently anti-ANC. In his opening address, TAU SA president Louis Meintjes said many South Africans had the perception that President Cyril Ramaphosa would be a knight in shining armour who would rescue South Africa from the political and economic swamp it had fallen into. However, he said, in reality, Ramaphosa…

5 min.
the ‘profit-for-purpose’ empowerment model

“Speaking at the recent launch of the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy’s (BFAP) Baseline Agricultural Outlook for 2019 to 2028, BFAP director Prof Ferdi Meyer said the future of South Africa’s agriculture sector would depend on government and industry making the right policy and investment choices. According to Meyer, there were four critical policy issues facing the sector: • Land reform and farmer support, which include policy certainty and property rights; • Infrastructure and technology, including water infrastructure; • Increasing local farmers’ access to the major international agricultural markets; • Developing statistical baseline information to understand activity in South Africa’s agriculture sector in terms of the entrants of small black farms (generally deemed those of about 1ha) and transformation. What is clear is that, for South Africa’s agriculture sector to transform successfully, a combination of…

3 min.
farmer’s diary

9 TO 10 OCTOBER Undercover Farming Expo THIS EXHIBITION AND CONFERENCE IS THE IDEAL MEETING PLACE FOR PROFESSIONALS INVOLVED IN HORTICULTURE TECHNOLOGY. TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED INCLUDE NEW VEGETABLE VARIETIES, A COMPARISON OF GROWING MEDIA, AND AN OVERVIEW OF THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY IN SOUTH AFRICA. CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & EXPOS 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. 9 TO 10 OCTOBER Undercover Farming Expo and Conference, Allée Bleue Estate, Cape Town. Email Suzanne Oosthuizen at expo@axxess.co.za, or phone her on 082 832 1604. 16 TO 18 OCTOBER The Future of Farmworkers in South Africa National Conference, University of the Western Cape. Email foodsecurity@uwc.ac.za. 10 TO 13 NOVEMBER International Symposium on Moringa, CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria. Email Laila Smith at laila.smith@wits.ac.za,…

2 min.
green-fingered entrepreneur transforming town

A passion for the environment and a desire to promote agritourism in the rural Eastern Cape has seen ex-schoolteacher Thembisile Ralarala take on the challenge of developing a sustainable ‘green economy’ and tackling poverty in the small town of Mount Fletcher, one tree at a time. Ralarala’s company, INCREW (Innovators Create Wealth), is a retail nursery offering florist, landscaping and garden services to homes, businesses and schools in the area, and is also establishing a botanical garden as a tourism destination and events venue. Ralarala said she was inspired to change the face of Mount Fletcher “where nothing catches the visitor’s eye or makes them want to stop”, and at the same time develop a profitable business and eco-tourism attraction that would make “maximum use of the local assets” of land and…

3 min.
from our archives

1 APRIL 1994 The white ironwood 25 YEARS AGO The white ironwood is an indigenous tree of the citrus family (Rutaceae). It is an attractive addition to any garden, and is used to treat colic and influenza in traditional medicine. This article explained how to identify the tree. The white ironwood is an evergreen tree that grows up to 20m tall. It has a slightly rounded crown and mostly straight stems. The bark on young and old stems is smooth and grey, while the leaves are trifoliate and have sessile leaflets. They are leathery and glossy, with scattered oil glands throughout the leaflet surface. These are easily seen when held against the light. When crushed, the leaves emit a lemon scent. The margins are distinctly wavy. The flowers, which are in branched heads at the tips…

3 min.
breakthrough possible in citrus black spot dispute with the eu

South Africa’s citrus industry has been one of the major success stories in the agriculture sector, demonstrating high levels of global competitiveness in a dynamic and constantly changing world market. In the 2019 Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) Baseline report, lemons and limes, as well as soft citrus, are cited as examples of fruit contributing to the sector’s success. The area under lemon production has increased dramatically, from almost 4 450ha in 2009 to 14 780ha in 2018, while that for soft citrus increased from 4 960ha to almost 16 280ha during the same period. Worth noting is the significant expansion of new orchards, which are yet to reach full bearing levels. As soft citrus as well as lemon and limes come into full production over the next decade, volumes…