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Farmer's Weekly 30 August 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.
bending the curve

The Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) recently released its annual Baseline Agricultural Outlook for 2019 to 2028. It is important to remember that the baseline, as BFAP explains in the report, does not constitute a forecast, but instead a benchmark of what could happen under a particular set of assumptions. The report is valuable when used as a tool to determine the major trends that could shape the future profitability of a certain commodity or product. It can also be used to determine how the future might pan out if worse comes to worst, or how much better the future might look if positive changes are made. For example, the report gives a very good indication of how volumes of certain citrus products, such as lemons and mandarins, should…

5 min.
developing a proper farmer support system

“There is no single, generic solution to farmer support. The type and scope of support needed differs from one country to the next and depends to some degree on the socio-economic dynamics in each country. It also stands to reason that high-income countries are generally in a better position to provide support to farmers, compared with lower-income countries, where government spending might focus on social support. According to the classification system used by the UN and the World Bank, which classifies countries into high-, middle-, and lower-income segments, Africa is the only continent without a high-income country. South Africa is rated the most industrialised economy on the continent, and holds the most potential for moving out of the middle-income segment into the high-income segment. GROWTH AS PER THE STATE’S PLAN The growth and…

2 min.
farmer’s diary

19 TO 29 SEPTEMBER Urban Agri World URBAN AGRI WORLD 2019 WILL DISCUSS THE PRESSING ISSUES THAT PERTAIN TO PROGRESSIVE FARMING DEVELOPMENTS FOR THE INDOOR AND VERTICAL FARMING INDUSTRIES. CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & EXPOS 29 TO 30 AUGUST Africa Biennial Biosciences Communication Symposium, Pretoria. Visit abbcsymposium.org. 3 TO 5 SEPTEMBER No-Till Conference, Bergville. Email Sandra Findlay at ntcsandra@gmail.com. 17 TO 19 SEPTEMBER Urban Agri World, Durban International Convention Centre. Email enquiry@magenta-global. com.sg. 1 TO 3 OCTOBER Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness Conference, Cape Town International Convention Centre.Visit events.crugroup.com/ astafrica/home. 8 TO 10 OCTOBER The Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa Conference, Ilanga Estate, Bloemfontein. Email aeasa2019@ ufs.ac.za. COURSES & TRAINING 27 TO 29 AUGUST Sheep and Goats: Artificial Insemination, Muldersdrift. Visit rltsafrica.com/product/ artificial-insemination-3. 27 TO 29 AUGUST Water Governance Training, Stellenbosch. Visit wisa.org.za/event/ water-governance-training-course. 31 AUGUST Introduction to Aquaponics, Kleinskuur Aquaponics, Pretoria.Email sales@ksba.co.za. 31 AUGUST TO 1 SEPTEMBER The Building Blocks to Beekeeping, Johannesburg. Email…

2 min.
farmer’s weekly remembers former editor alita van der walt

The agricultural journalism and farming communities are mourning the loss of Alita van der Walt, former editor of Farmer’s Weekly, who passed away on 12 August in Tzaneen, Limpopo. Alita (42) grew up in a farming community, and held a degree in business communication from Potchefstroom (now North-West) University. She began her career as a designer at Caxton Community Newspapers in 2000, and joined the Farmer’s Weekly design team in 2003. She served as the managing editor, and later as commercial manager and deputy editor, of the magazine, before being promoted to editor in June 2011, becoming the first female editor of South Africa’s oldest agricultural magazine. Her appointment as editor ushered in a new era for Farmer’s Weekly on many levels, says Denene Erasmus, who became editor after Alita resigned. “Not only did…

3 min.
from our archives

26 MAY 1989 Try honey for money 30 YEARS AGO While beekeeping can be a lucrative hobby or occupation, it is a difficult and time-consuming venture. If you want bees and honey to make sweet music to you and your bank manager, it’s better to specialise because there is much to learn. Bees don’t necessarily need close management, but management must be correct. These are the views of experienced beekeeper HL Hardy of Dunswart on the East Rand. If you devote all your energies to making honey your only smallholder business, manage the bees correctly and give them access to additional fodder areas, beekeeping can be more rewarding than many other smallholder operations, he says. Probably the question most often asked by anyone starting with bees is: ‘Where can I set up hives?’ The answer to…

3 min.
looming food insecurity in zimbabwe

Droughts or floods always have a devastating impact on agriculture. But the second-round effects on people’s livelihoods are manageable in countries that are economically stable, depending of course on the magnitude of the impact. However, for countries with economic instability and low capability for mitigation, the disaster continues months after the extreme weather events. FARMERS ARE WITHHOLDING MAIZE INSTEAD OF DELIVERING IT This is precisely what we are witnessing in Zimbabwe at the moment. To give some context, it is important to mention that Zimbabwe’s maize prospects, the country’s staple crop, are not in good shape because of a drought that delayed plantings at the start of the 2018/2019 production season. And when it finally rained, the downpour was excessive, as was witnessed during Cyclone Idai at the start of the year. The…