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Farmer's Weekly

Farmer's Weekly 01 November 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.
poor governance worsens drought

I’m not a fan of apportioning blame where it isn’t well deserved. However, while the weather is (thankfully) not controlled by government, and we thus can’t blame it for the lack of rain, we can blame the extent of the impact the drought has had on South Africans on the almost complete breakdown of proper governance at municipal level. A research report by the Public Affairs Research Institute on the financial state of South Africa’s municipalities shows that the large majority of municipalities in South Africa are not even equipped to plug a few potholes, never mind respond to large-scale disasters such as regional droughts. According to the report, around 30 municipalities were in a state of almost total collapse, while many faced operational and financial challenges, and more than 100…

1 min.
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…

5 min.
growing africa’s fruit and vegetable industry

“The fresh produce industry has a saying: ‘Farmers do not go out of business because of low prices; they go out of business because of low income.’ The fresh produce market system in South Africa has played an important role in ensuring access to fair and steady income for fruit and vegetable producers. These markets are crucial to South Africa’s national economic growth and development at a micro and macro level. It is important to understand, however, that everyone in the fresh produce value chain should be aligned to serve the needs of the end consumer. Likewise, all stakeholders need to appreciate their respective roles within this dynamic environment. THE FREE MARKET IN ACTION The process of securing farmers’ income starts at the point at which market prices are discovered. This discovery is facilitated…

2 min.
boerperd regional championships

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. 27 TO 29 NOVEMBER Water Security in Africa, Radisson Blu Hotel, Cape Town. Email gmahlanzi@intellect-adv.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 29 OCTOBER TO 2 NOVEMBER Hydroponic…

2 min.
extending a helping hand to drought-stricken farmers

Farmers in the drought-stricken western parts of North West have expressed their heartfelt gratitude towards Agri North West (Agri NW) and NWK, after these organisations collaborated to supply farmers with animal feed, chicken manure, maize crop residue and beans. The last of 10 loads was recently transported and distributed. Numerous farmers in Lichtenburg, Hartbeesfontein, Skuinsdrif and Vermaas each donated loads of about 52 bales, which were transported to Jakkalskop, Leniesdeel and Tosca since late August. “Agri NW has been involved with the distribution of drought aid since 2013. North West had initially been crippled by a very bad drought and we then received plenty of animal feed from our counterparts in the Western Cape. We therefore didn’t hesitate to become involved when we were in the position to return the favour,” said…

3 min.
archives from our

29 SEPTEMBER 2000 Chromolaena: the silent killer 19 YEARS AGO Chromoleana invades grasslands, savanna and forests, where it threatens biodiversity, and is also a problem in croplands. This article explored ways to control this rampant alien species. A thing of beauty is not necessarily a joy forever. The trifid weed, Chromolaena odorata, or as it is also known, the paraffienbos, produces attractive white blooms, but it has turned out to be a destroyer. Chromolaena can be a compact shrub 1m to 2m tall, growing in open areas. In forests, it can reach up to 25m. “The leaves contain alkaloids and essential oils that make it flammable. It also suppresses the growth of neighbouring indigenous species,” says Jeremy Goodall of the Agricultural Research Council’s Plant Protection Research Institute (PPRI), which has done extensive research on the…