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Farmer's Weekly

18 June 2021
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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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3 min.
why a growing farming sector sheds jobs

Dr Tinashe Kapuya’s article in this week’s issue (see story on page 12) becomes even more interesting when read against the latest South African jobs figures that were released at the beginning of June by Statistics South Africa (see story on page 22). Kapuya, who is head of value chain analytics at the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy, takes a look at how the South African farming sector has developed over the past 10 years, and the lessons we can learn from this about what the decade ahead may deliver. According to Kapuya, between 2010 and 2020, the gross value of agricultural production in South Africa increased 44%. This growth was driven mainly by horticultural production, which grew 70%. Horticulture is usually thought of as one of the farming industries that…

5 min.
how much will it cost to save the planet?

“Over the past decade, 26% of global tree cover loss was caused by the production of just seven agricultural commodities: cattle, palm oil, soya bean, cocoa, rubber, coffee, and wood fibre. Barring major changes, the toll on forests and other wild spaces will continue to mount, ultimately imperilling industries that rely on natural resources. According to the authors of the state of financing for nature report, governments, financial institutions and businesses need to place nature at the heart of future economic growth by tripling the financing available for environmentally friendly projects by 2030. Forests have been hit especially hard by human activity. Every year, the world loses 10 million hectares of tree cover, an area the size of the Republic of Korea. Forests provide drinking water to one-third of the world’s…

2 min.

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3 min.
meet the mini turkey

In the 1960s, British breeders welcomed the development of the mini turkey as a step in the right direction towards increasing the world’s consumption of turkey meat. News of the development of a miniature turkey in Britain is being hailed not only as a considerable breeding achievement, but also as a valuable breakthrough for the worldwide ‘Eat More Turkey’ campaign. Producers have long been aware that their best hope for boosting annual per capita consumption of turkey meat is to kill the Christmas-only image of their product and popularise a small, broiler-type turkey for year-round family eating. In this they have been helped to some extent by the world shortage and rising cost of red meat, which has made turkey an economic buy for the consumer. However, they have been seriously handicapped by…

4 min.

In the article, ‘Is “fake meat” a threat or opportunity for livestock farmers?’ (FW, 21 May 2021) Peter Hughes makes claims and assertions to which I would like to pose an alternative view. Firstly, there is no such thing as an ‘anti-meat lobby’ in South Africa. This sweeping generalisation (and the reference to ‘emotive weapons’) fails to recognise the justified concerns that people have about the effects that intensive animal agriculture has on human health (in terms of zoonoses and dietary concerns), loss of biodiversity, water use, rural livelihoods, climate change and [carbon] emissions, freshwater pollution, animal cruelty, and food security. Some of these concerns may elicit emotive responses, but these are legitimate concerns about the consequences of intensive animal agriculture, which are supported by peer-reviewed published research. Furthermore, in the context of…

2 min.
trending in agriculture

MOST POPULAR ON FARMERSWEEKLY.CO.ZA BUMPER MAIZE CROP WON’T UNDERMINE PRODUCER PRICE – GRAIN SA It is highly unlikely that maize prices will decline, despite industry stakeholders forecasting a record harvest this season. According to Jannie de Villiers, CEO of Grain SA, maize prices were currently already at export parity. Read the full article at bit.ly/3wNfjzQ, or scan here: Posted: 2 June 2021. Follow us at @FarmersWeeklySA @FarmersWeeklySA @FarmersWeeklySA @FarmersWeeklySA @FarmersWeeklySA @FarmersWeeklySA @FarmersWeeklySA FROM FACEBOOK @FarmersWeeklySA On 3 June 2021, Farmer’s Weekly asked its Facebook followers which May issue of #FarmersWeeklySA they enjoyed reading the most. Here are some of their responses: Sipho ‘mqothuka’ Buthelezi: “My favourite was the 21 May issue. I was intrigued and inspired by the farming success of PJ Hassard from Hluhluwe, Zululand. I will get in touch with him to learn [from him] as I embark on my farming venture.” Ntobeko…