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Farmer's Weekly 08 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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the failure of agri-parks

A long-standing point of contestation between the department tasked with land reform implementation and Treasury has been the limited budget allocated from the fiscus for the acquisition of land and support of land reform beneficiaries. Even back when Pravin Gordhan, now minister of public enterprises, was minister of finance, Treasury held that it wouldn’t allocate more money to land reform before the former Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR), which now falls under the department of agriculture, could prove that it had the capacity to effectively spend a larger budget. Treasury’s refusal to increase the budget for land reform and rural development, despite political pressure to accelerate the rate of transformation in the farming sector, has been one of a few instances in which taxpayers’ money has been saved…

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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’. 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 7067 (andyn@caxton.co.za) Francis Germishuys 087 158 0299 (francis@caxton.co.za) Velile Ncube 087 158 0298 (velilen@caxton.co.za) CAPE TOWN Francois Jansen van Rensburg…

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karoo lamb finally gets its own legislation

“Farmers in the Karoo face many challenges. The current devastating drought, for example, is on the mind of every farmer in the region. However, even in normal years with decent rainfall and sufficient grazing, they have to contend with predators, stock theft and low meat prices. MISUSE OF THE KAROO NAME Yet another challenge faced by Karoo farmers is that they struggle to get a substantive premium for their lamb, due to misuse of the name ‘Karoo’. The reduction of its reputational and market value occurs through the misappropriation of the label ‘Karoo lamb’ by farmers outside the region, unscrupulous livestock agents, abattoirs, retailers and restaurateurs, all free-riding on the image and reputation of the Karoo. By equating all lamb with Karoo lamb and suggesting that it comes from the Karoo’s beautiful open…

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ecoquest course

CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & EXPOS 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 5 TO 9 NOVEMBER Hydroponic Vegetable Production, Kuruman. Phone Thebe Tshabang on 084 823 9391. 8…

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The farms we borrow from our children As farmers, we have to remember that we are borrowing the farm from our children. This involves making sure they inherit a farm in good condition, not as a lessee would leave it, but as a parent would leave it. This entails the following: • Conserving the soil by implementing sound farming plans; • Conserving the game, indigenous bush and insect population on your farm; • Regenerating the soil by applying regenerative agricultural practices; • Ensuring you have good neighbours by assisting emerging farmers and incorporating them into your community. Extreme differences in wealth and lack of communication within a community can breed discontent; • Keeping on top of crime by establishing communication throughout the community. Unfortunately national, provincial and municipal governments are not in a financial position to expand their…

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from our archives

15 MAY 1968 Veld management: the burning question 51 YEARS AGO In this article, Farmer’s Weekly looked at the advantages of controlled burning and when the practice was appropriate. In many areas, fire is necessary for good veld management. From a conservation point of view, there are two acceptable reasons for burning: • To prevent the encroachment of undesirable plants. This applies mainly to sweetveld and is the only legitimate reason for burning sweetveld. • To get rid of old, ungrazed material. This applies mainly to sourveld areas and especially to unmowable sections. In such areas, sound veld management cannot be practised without burning, unless the material can be removed by stock when provided with a protein supplement. Burning is always harmful to veld, but burning as soon as possible after the first rain of half an…