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Farmer's Weekly

Farmer's Weekly 08 May 2020

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.
medium farmers also need help!

Since South Africa went into lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) more than a month ago, several initiatives have been launched to provide South Africans with a platform from which to express their gratitude for farmers, farmworkers and all those involved in the agriculture supply chain. South Africans and others across the globe have taken to social media to post messages of appreciation and to encourage farmers and others in the value chain during the crisis (see page 9). Earlier this year, just a few weeks before our lives were so irrevocably changed by the pandemic, I quoted Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who said to farmers at the Grain SA Congress in Bothaville: “You could have chosen to be doctors, or lawyers [...], but chose instead to…

4 min.
why kenya has banned the slaughter of donkeys

Kenya legalised the trade in donkey meat and hides in 2012. But according to Monicah Maichomo, director of the Veterinary Sciences Research Institute at the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation, the country has subsequently decided to ban the commercial slaughter of donkeys. This was after a report published in 2019 warned that the rise of donkey abattoirs in Kenya could wipe out the entire population of these animals in the country by 2023. “The global demand for donkey hides and meat is driven mostly by Chinese markets. In China, donkey meat and hides are used to produce snacks, beauty products, virility stimulants, anti-ageing products and traditional medicine known as ejiao. Ejiao drives demand the most. Consisting of gelatin extracted from boiled donkey hides, it is claimed to boost health and vitality.…

2 min.
important announcement!

Due to the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, South Africa’s National Coronavirus Command Council has announced a nationwide lockdown until 30 April, resulting in many events in the Farmer’s Diary being cancelled or postponed. At the time of going to print, Farmer’s Weekly could not confirm whether some of the listed events had been officially cancelled. However, most of the organisations hosting these events are due to make announcements in this regard shortly. Readers will be kept up to date. Farmer’s Weekly urges its readers to contact the relevant organising body before attending any course or event to confirm whether the event has been cancelled or postponed. CANCELLED EVENTS 24 APRIL TO 2 MAY Bloem Show, Bloemfontein.Visit bloemskou.co.za. 27 AND 28 APRIL Free State Regional SA Boerperd Championships, Bloemfontein Showgrounds.Email elize@studbook.co.za. 19 TO 20 MAY IFU Fruit Juice Conference,…

3 min.
thank you, farmers!

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has had a negative impact on businesses and economies worldwide. While many people have been told to stay at home to prevent the spread of the disease, essential workers, such as doctors, nurses, cashiers and rubbish collectors, have continued going to work to ensure that basic services are delivered. Amongst these essential employees are farmers and farmworkers. Farming is a thankless job, and farmers have often been the scapegoat for global warming and climate change. However, if there is a silver lining to the COVID-19 cloud, it is that society has slowly begun to realise the importance of farmers. In honour of farmers and farmworkers across the globe, Farmer’s Weekly has included some of the #thankafarmer tweets from the social media platform Twitter. #Thankafarmer was trending…

3 min.
archives from our

18 NOVEMBER 1981 Rabbits for reward 39 YEARS AGO Selective breeding is essential to produce rabbits with long and high-quality wool, says two Gauteng breeders. There are three ways to make money out of rabbits. You can breed them for meat, or you can sell them as stud animals, or you can make money out of their wool. People who dislike the idea of slaughtering them could well profit from the experience of Tjaart and Caroline Steenekamp, of De Deur, near Vereeniging, who are producing Angora rabbits for stud and for their wool. Caroline is the daughter of the well-known Cape Town breeder and Aubrey judge, Marion Keller, who had a lot to do with developing the Angora rabbit in South Africa. Caroline took over the rabbitry and continued improving the stock after her mother…

3 min.
adapting to the new reality of global agriculture

Global food and agricultural supply chains are taking strain due to the disruptions caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. This is the case whether one looks at meat or grain supply chains. The US, Brazil and Canada, which accounted for nearly a third of global meat and edible offal exports in 2019, closed some of their meat processing plants during the last week of April. This was in response to the spread of COVID-19 among employees. In the US and Canada, the main closures are in beef and pork processing plants, while in Brazil, the closures are of poultry-related plants. Given the significant contribution of 28% these countries make to global meat exports, if the closure of processing plants is extended and they remain closed for a prolonged period, fears of…