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Farmer's Weekly 25 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.
people becoming fearful of food

Food safety is the lesser talked-about aspect of food security. Political and media commentary tends to focus more on the availability and affordability aspects of food. But, as South Africa recently learned the hard way, food safety deserves much more attention. One of the worst recorded cases of a food-borne disease outbreak in South Africa was the deadly listeriosis outbreak in 2017 and 2018, which infected more than 1 000 people and killed more than 180. The source of the outbreak was eventually traced to an Enterprise Foods production facility in Polokwane, but by that time most of the damage had been done. Fearful of the outbreak, people chose to avoid pork products completely, despite early reports suggesting that it was only a few processed pork products that were likely to…

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farmer's weekly

EDITORIAL TEAM EDITOR Denene Erasmus (denene@caxton.co.za) MANAGING EDITOR Janine Ryan (janiner@caxton.co.za) NEWS EDITOR Julinda Schroeder (julindas@caxton.co.za) ART DIRECTOR Vian Roos DESIGNER Louis Kruger CHIEF COPY EDITOR Paul Sulter COPY EDITORS Fanie de Villiers and Yvonne Fontyn DIGITAL EDITOR Sindira Chetty (sindirac@caxton.co.za) OFFICE ASSISTANT Prenusha Moodley SUBSCRIPTIONS PRINT 087 405 2003 (subs@magsathome.co.za) DIGITAL Visit farmersweekly.co.za, select ‘Subscribe’ and click on ‘Zinio’ or ‘Magzter’. EDITORIAL HEAD OFFICE ADDRESS 368 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall 2196.PO Box 1797, Pinegowrie 2123 TEL 087 087 8878 EMAIL farmersweekly@caxton.co.za WEBSITE farmersweekly.co.za SOCIAL MEDIA @FarmersWeeklySA JOURNALISTS NORTHERN REGION Pieter Dempsey 087 087 8787 (pieterd@caxton.co.za) Siyanda Sishuba 087 087 7037 (siyandas@caxton.co.za) CENTRAL REGION Annelie Coleman, Bothaville 082 862 9897 (ann@btbits.co.za) Sabrina Dean, Bloemfontein 082 222 9172 (sabrina@caxton.co.za) KWAZULU-NATAL Lloyd Phillips, Mooi River 084 505 9343 (phillips01@telkomsa.net) WESTERN CAPE Jeandré Van der Walt, Cape Town 021 001 2432, 078 422 2441 (jeandred@caxton.co.za) ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER Reinhard Lotz 087 158 0278 (reinhardl@caxton.co.za) JOHANNESBURG Andy Nxumalo 087 087…

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tariffs alone won’t protect farmers in south africa

“Before 1993, South Africa’s agriculture sector enjoyed relatively high government protection and support. Protection came in the form of quantitative import restrictions, a single marketing channel through control boards, and a multitude of tariffs on products. The first winds of change came in 1994, when the country signed the Marrakesh Agreement and agreed to remove quantitative controls over imports and to lower tariffs. South Africa’s general tariff was reduced from 23% in 1990 to 6,97% in 1997, and tariffs on agricultural products fell to 5,31% in 1997. The country also simplified its tariff book, with the number of tariff lines decreasing from 13 609 pre-1993 to 6 420 in 2000. The second phase of reforms took place after the promulgation of the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act of 1996, which abolished control boards,…

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farmer’s diary wastewater management

CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & EXPOS 29 OCTOBER AFMA Symposium, Diamond Auditorium, CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria.Visit afmasymposium.co.za. 6 NOVEMBER Subtrop Marketing Symposium, Ingweyama Conference and Sport Resort, White River. Email Lizette de Wet at lizette@subtrop.co.za, or phone her on 015 306 3676. 10 TO 13 NOVEMBER International Symposium on Moringa, CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria. Email Laila Smith at laila.smith@wits.ac.za, or phone her on 011 717 6705. 26 TO 27 NOVEMBER African Agri Investment Indaba, Cape Town International Convention Centre.Visit agri-indaba.com. 26 TO 27 NOVEMBER Management and Treatment of Domestic and Industrial Wastewater, International Convention Centre, East London.Email dev@gptc.co.za. 28 TO 29 NOVEMBER 4.0 Industrial Revolution Agri Tech Conference 2019, The Lanzerac, Stellenbosch. Email Empire Training and Conferences at ryan@empiretraining.co.za, or phone 073›946 9796. COURSES & TRAINING 28 OCTOBER TO 1 NOVEMBER Veld Management, South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria. Email Frits van Oudtshoorn at courses@alut.co.za. 29…

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setting the facts straight about dairy

In discussions of body weight and obesity, milk and other dairy products may be targeted for their apparent high sugar content, leading many to mistakenly believe that dairy should be limited to avoid weight gain. As part of the 2019 International Dairy Federation (IDF) World Dairy Summit, several high-level international speakers addressed the sugar question, discussing the latest science on dairy and sugar in human diets. LACTOSE Milk, plain yoghurt, and other unsweetened dairy products contain the naturally occurring sugar, lactose. Unlike added sugars, which contribute plenty of calories but no nutritional value, lactose is part of a nutrient-dense package, providing an abundant supply of high-quality protein, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iodine, and vitamins B2 and B12. Furthermore, studies have clearly indicated a differential role for foods that are inherently nutritious such as milk…

3 min.
from our archives

19 FEBRUARY 1975 Table grape farmer plants strawberries and wins 44 YEARS AGO By growing strawberries between his vines, a table grape farmer from Paarl ensured that his land was used as extensively as possible. Willie Malherbe grows strawberries between his vines. His yield of 20t/ha is not only good, but it increases his table grape production to such an extent that, even if the strawberries only covered their own costs, he would still be the winner with the increased grape production. About 40% of his strawberries are delivered to the factory, while another 40% are put on the fresh fruit market and 20% are exported. Malherbe has several reasons for planting his strawberries between the vines. His farm, La Concordia, is in a built-up area. Farms in this sort of area are relatively small…