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Farmer's Weekly

21 May 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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Country:
South Africa
Language:
English
Publisher:
Caxton Magazines
Frequency:
Weekly
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3 min.
africa’s food crisis: a sad, familiar song

Talk about food security in Africa has become a song that everybody knows too well. The conversations have all been had, over and over again; all the research has been done; and Africa has all the resources required to achieve food security and sovereignty, but progress is still slow, and sometimes even absent or going backwards. This was the message of Dr Brylyne Chitsunge, a farmer and the Pan-African Parliament’s ambassador for food security, at a recent event hosted by Potatoes South Africa to discuss the status of the potato industry. Evidence of this is clear in the latest Global Report on Food Crises, published by the Food Security Information Network in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The report evaluated instances of food crises in 55…

5 min.
it’s a good year for global commodity prices

The World Bank’s Agricultural Price Index increased more than 9% in the first quarter (Q1) of 2021 (q/q), building on the previous quarter’s momentum. Overall, prices for agricultural commodities have risen 20% over the past year and are close to a seven-year high. Price gains have been driven by supply shortfalls for some food commodities, especially maize and soya bean, strong demand for feed commodities by China, and US dollar depreciation. The largest price increase in the quarter was for grains due to production shortfalls, followed by oils and meals [oilcake]. Agricultural prices are expected to average 14% higher in 2021 compared with 2020, followed by a small rise in 2022. OUTLOOK FOR GRAINS The World Bank’s Grain Price Index jumped more than 17% in 2021 Q1 and stands 25% higher than…

2 min.
managing beef cattle

The Beef Cattle Farming and Management Course focuses on a range of important cattle management principles and practices. The topics covered include different beef farming systems, nutrition, feedlot systems, husbandry and record-keeping. This is an excellent course for anyone looking to get into beef cattle production. Phone Rothman Livestock Training Services on 064 506 0720, or email admin@rltsafrica.com CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS AND EXPOS 19 TO 21 JULY UN Food Systems Pre-Summit, Rome, Italy. Visit un.org/en/food-systems-summit. 28 TO 29 JULY Aquaponics and Smart Greenhouse Technology Conference, Radisson Blu Hotel, Sandton. Email Connie Mamabolo a connie@mathematraining.co.za, or phone her on 011 862 4001. COURSES AND TRAINING 19 TO 21 MAY Plant Production, Groenkloof, Pretoria. Phone AgriSkills Transfer on 012 460 9585, or email admin@agriskills.net. 24 MAY Calf Rearing, George. Phone Rothman Livestock Training Services on 064 506 0720, or email admin@rltsafrica.com. 24 TO 27 MAY Tilapia Farming…

3 min.
hybrid cabbages

Hybrid cabbages were popular with specialist producers in South Africa when they were first brought to market here. However, since they were limited to just two varieties, a local seed house began testing others. When hybrid cabbages were first introduced onto the South African market, they rapidly won praise from specialist growers. The two varieties – COHR Cross (HR No. 2) and NS Cross (NS No. 3) – have proved adaptable to a wide range of conditions and requirements; but for some time, seedsmen and growers have realised the limitations of only two hybrids. For several seasons, a Transvaal seed house, specialising in vegetable crops, has been screening many of the hybrid varieties that have been bred overseas. SCREENING The time lag between the commencement of testing and being available to growers is usually…

3 min.
letters

National food rescue and advocacy organisation SA Harvest is on a mission to end hunger in South Africa, and it recently celebrated having passed the five million mark in meals delivered, a milestone it has achieved in just 18 months since its launch in October 2019. Over 1 500t of healthy food has been rescued from ending up in landfill and delivered to food-vulnerable communities around the country. SA Harvest attributes its growth to the generosity of its food donors and funders, as well as the dedication of their beneficiary organisations. Alan Browde, founder and CEO of SA Harvest, says five million meals is just the beginning. “This milestone is only one aspect of a holistic view of ending hunger in South Africa. Although feeding the hungry is a vital response to the…

1 min.
trending in agriculture

MOST POPULAR ON FARMERSWEEKLY.CO.ZA BRIGHT FUTURE FOR ANKOLES AS BULL NETS R3 MILLION AT AUCTION The recent sale of the eight-year-old Ankole bull ‘Sebastiaan’ (A12 36), for a record price of R3 million, has highlighted the bright future of the breed in South Africa. Read the full article at bit.ly/3epEmTs, or scan here: Posted: 5 May 2021. Follow us at @FarmersWeeklySA FROM FACEBOOK @FarmersWeeklySA A post about the potential backfiring of the ban on captive lion breeding in South Africa had followers sharing their thoughts on the matter. Posted: 4 May 2021. READERS’ COMMENTS Lorraine Jenks: “Track down those who buy the lion parts and the middlemen. [National Councils of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals] around the world could collaborate with the technology we have today.” Dan Motaung Dan: “Those who were keeping these animals in a hokkie would…