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Farmer's Weekly

28 June 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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cannabis industry is in need of legislation

Almost two years have passed since Farmer’s Weekly first published an article exploring the potential to establish a legal farming industry in South Africa for the production of medicinal cannabis. Since then, we have been inundated with requests for more information about this industry. It is not difficult to understand why there is so much interest in growing cannabis. The crop, evaluated on the economic opportunity it represents, can prove highly profitable for farmers. According to New Frontier Data’s (NFD) latest industry study, The Africa Regional Hemp & Cannabis Report: 2019 Industry Outlook, the estimated global market value of combined legal and illicit cannabis markets was about US$344 billon (R5 trillion) in 2018. This is only slightly smaller in value terms than the global beef market, which is expected to reach about…

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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) MECHANISATION EDITOR Joe Spencer 083 233 0370 (jspencer@mweb.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 Meshack Leshabane 087 087 7070 (meshackl@caxton.co.za) Andy Nxumalo 087 087 7067 (andyn@caxton.co.za) Justin Lavers 087 087…

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is the agri sector focusing on the wrong kind of growth?

”Poverty, unemployment and water scarcity are arguably the top developmental issues that threaten social and economic stability in South Africa. Between 2011 and 2018, the unemployment rate grew from 25% to 27% and the percentage of the population living under the poverty line increased from 36% to 40%. In 2018, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) warned that the water deficit in the country could increase to 17% by 2030 due to poorly maintained water infrastructure and the effects of climate change. The DWS added that South Africa had lost 50% of its wetlands due to inadequate management of water resources. Most developmental challenges were meant to be addressed through the National Development Plan (NDP), particularly Chapter 6, when it was adopted in 2012. This chapter envisaged an inclusive agriculture…

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farmer’s diary

24 JULY Profitable Boer Goat Production THIS COURSE COVERS ALL ASPECTS OF BOER GOAT PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT. IT FOCUSES ON THE PHYSIOLOGY OF THE BOER GOAT, THE ECONOMICS OF LIVESTOCK FARMING, GOAT HEALTH, FEEDING AND NUTRITION, AND MARKETING. CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & EXPOS 27 TO 28 JUNE Cannabis Conference, Emperors Palace, Kempton Park. Email Connie@vukanicomms.co.za. 10 JULY Agribusiness Africa Conference, Premier Hotel OR Tambo, Kempton Park. Email Marianna du›Plessis at africa@caxton.co.za. 30 TO 31 JULY PMA Fresh Connections Conference and Trade Show, Cape Town. Visit pma.com/events/ fresh-connections-southern-africa. COURSES & TRAINING 25 TO 27 JUNE Foundations for Farming, Rustfontein Farm, Bronkhorstspruit. Phone Neill Jackson on 082 407 6774, or email neill@foundationsforfarming.org. 1 JULY Beef Cattle Production, Brits. Email Thembeka Ntsipane at info@bommereaipela.co.za. 8 TO 12 JULY Beef Farming Management and Production, George.Visit RLTSafrica.com, or email office@RLTSafrica.com. 15 TO 18 JULY Plant Production, Pretoria.Visit agriskills.net, or email admin@agriskills.net. 16 TO 18 JULY Combat…

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Big opportunities for cotton in Africa From 28 to 30 May, Cotton South Africa (Cotton SA) hosted a regional workshop in partnership with the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) promoting cotton by-products in Eastern and Southern Africa. The two-day workshop, held at the Premier Hotel OR Tambo Johannesburg, was attended by 70 delegates. “The project is aligned with regional and global efforts to support Africa’s economic diversification through value addition,” says Stephen Karingi, director of regional integration and trade at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ENECA). “The importance of the cotton sector to African economies cannot be overemphasised, and it includes the value chain from seed cotton to textiles and other by-products.” The results of the three-year programme, implemented by UNCTAD, show that cotton by-products provide great possibilities with regard…

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from our archives

14 FEBRUARY 1986 Black farmers: a myth exploded 33 YEARS AGO DJ Beuster, the then managing director of Agricor in Bophuthatswana, said that agricultural development plans were based on numerous false assumptions about the black farmer, and that farmers in Bophuthatswana were proving these fallacies incorrect. The belief that Africans do not make good farmers is a fallacy. Indeed, some successful farmers in Bophuthatswana, with little government help, are out-producing farmers in South Africa. There are Tswana farmers who are growing 1 000t of grain a year, and mustering herds of cattle of up to 1 000, despite the constraints of communal-land ownership. Cattle farmers in Bophuthatswana market at least 10% of the cattle population yearly compared with less than 1% marketed in many other African countries. It is clear that the average Tswana…