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Farmer's Weekly

18 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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a turning point for tractor use in africa

The latest tractor sales figures released by the South African Agricultural Machinery Association showed that year-to-date tractor sales were significantly down from last year, with the number of tractors sold up to the end of September having declined 22% to 3 919 from 5 034 sold in 2018. This figure was also well below the five-year average for the corresponding period of 4 671 units sold. These low figures can mostly be blamed on the difficult financial situation many farmers find themselves in due to low commodity prices and the impact of drought. But the situation should start changing again if producer prices start improving, and if the main cropping areas experience a season or two of average to above-average rainfall. Despite the recent dip in sales, South Africa remains miles ahead…

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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 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 021 001 2433, 082 653 8580, (francoisjvr@ctp-mail.co.za) 36 Old Mill Road, Ndabeni AUCTIONS & CLASSIFIEDS Natasha Kock 087 087 8899 (natashakock@caxton.co.za) Renè Moonsamy…

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culture vs the constitution: the suffering of zulu widows

“When a Zulu woman’s husband dies, she is relegated to sitting quietly on a mattress in the corner of a room while other people are allowed to help themselves to her late spouse’s land and other possessions. Moreover, for cultural reasons, she is not permitted to work the land for six months after her spouse’s death. This means that if her husband dies during the annual planting season, her food security and that of her direct dependants is threatened. I discovered these facts as part of my research into the gendered politics in the inheritance of land and other property by Zulu widows in KwaZulu-Natal. My research critically analysed the constitutional conflicts involved in land inheritance for women in general, and zoomed into numerous discriminations and abuse that widowed women are…

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farmer’s diary

28 TO 29 NOVEMBER 4IR Agri Tech Conference HERE IS THE IDEAL OPPORTUNITY FOR FARMERS, PROCESSORS, MANUFACTURERS, RESEARCHERS, DECISION-MAKERS AND OTHER PROFESSIONALS IN THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR TO DISCUSS SMART AGRICULTURE AND THE IMPORTANCE OF AUTOMATION IN ACHIEVING WORLDWIDE FOOD SECURITY. CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & EXPOS 16 TO 18 OCTOBER The Future of Farmworkers in South Africa National Conference, University of the Western Cape. Email foodsecurity@uwc.ac.za. 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…

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creating jobs in south africa

I was inspired in tackling my own farming career by Dudley Crookes, the retired general manager of Crookes Brothers, who took me around Ubombo Ranches at Big Bend in Swaziland. This was in the early 1970s, when I was still a teenager. Dudley was putting 10 000ha of sugar cane under irrigation, which I believe was the largest sugar cane plantation in the Southern Hemisphere at the time. He is now retired and living on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). In the Sunday Times (8 September 2019), Peter Bruce suggested building a high speed line between two cities. He has opened the proverbial ‘can of worms’ for all South Africans to follow. For many years I would travel between Standerton and Secunda. There is a wide concrete canal supplying water from Grootdraai Dam…

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from our archives

14 DECEMBER 1990 Windbreak management 29 YEARS AGO Windbreaks must be planted and managed correctly if they are to protect crops efficiently. According to Riaan van Zyl, a forestry consultant for Enviragro CC, of Somerset West, wind blows parallel to the soil surface on open land. It blows faster and harder where there are no obstacles slowing it down. Where wind strikes a windbreak or similar structure, a high-pressure cell builds up on the windward side of the windbreak for a distance of two to five times the height of the windbreak. The wind is forced upwards, usually to a height of about twice the height of the windbreak. It then continues horizontally over the break, descending again at a distance behind the windbreak, 20 to 50 times the height of the break. An effective…