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Farmer's Weekly

Farmer's Weekly 14 August 2020

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.
africa is falling further behind

Something needs to change, otherwise Africa and the people who live on this continent will experience another decade of poverty, hunger and hardship. As a producer of food, Africa doesn’t lack potential. It has the largest area of undeveloped arable land in the world. Crop yields, which are still far below global averages, can also improve to provide more food without the need for more land. There is no shortage of labour. Water, although scarce in some regions, can be utilised far more efficiently if other technologies are implemented. What Africa does seem to lack, however, is purpose and a plan. Two reports published during the last two months provide a rather grim view of the continent’s progress thus far in addressing its food, farming and poverty problems. The ‘State of…

6 min.
middle class wants meat, but the rich want alternatives

“Over the coming decade, an expanding global population will remain the main growth factor driving food demand, although the consumption profiles and projected trends vary depending on the development status of individual countries. Population is the key determinant of total food use. However, income, relative prices, other demographic factors, consumer preferences and lifestyles, meanwhile, determine a person’s desired food basket. On account of an expected 11% expansion in the global population between 2019 and 2029, as well as notable gains in per capita income in all regions, total consumption of food is expected to rise 15% by 2029, as measured on a calorie basis. SHIFTS IN PROTEIN DEMAND According to the ‘Agricultural Outlook 2020-2029’, per capita food expenditure will expand globally, but will decline as a share of income, most significantly in…

1 min.
farmer’s diary

CONFERENCES 20 AND 21 AUGUST The Solar Power and Wind Renewable Energy Show, Cairo. Email Prima Castelino at prima.castelino@terrapinn.com. 20 AND 21 AUGUST The Water Show Africa, Sandton Convention Centre. Email Brian Shabangu at brian.shabangu@terrapinn.com. 10 AND 11 SEPTEMBER Smart Livestock Farming Conference, Prague, Czech Republic. Email Olga Aulasko at olga.aulasko@bcfgroup.eu. 6 AND 7 NOVEMBER Environmental Waste and Landfill Management, Emperors Palace, Johannesburg.Email admin@maphosam.co.za. COURSES & TRAINING 24 TO 28 AUGUST Introduction to Layer House Management, Buhle Farmers’ Academy, Delmas.Visit buhle.org.za. 24 TO 28 AUGUST Introduction to Poultry Production, Agricultural Research Council Irene Campus, Pretoria. Email Mpho Makhanya at makhanyam@arc.agric.za, or phone her on 012 672 9153. 7 TO 11 SEPTEMBER Introduction to Pig Production, Agricultural Research Council Irene Campus, Pretoria. Email Mpho Makhanya at makhanyam@arc.agric.za, or phone her on 012›672›9153. 19 SEPTEMBER Cattle Calf Rearing, George. Phone Lily Rothman on 078 546 7985. 24 TO 26 SEPTEMBER Cattle…

3 min.
agri training empowers disabled women

South Africans with disabilities, especially women, continue to face disproportionate rates of food insecurity, unemployment, illiteracy, and poverty amid economic, political, and social exclusion. The more than 230 000 people with disabilities who live in the Free State have been especially hard-hit due to a combination of drought, floods, and the lack of access to meaningful educational and employment opportunities. INMED South Africa, an affiliate of the international organisation INMED Partnerships for Children, has introduced an Adaptive Agriculture Programme (AAP) that has benefitted nearly 100 disabled small-scale farmers, mostly women and youth, at three co-ops in the Free State since the beginning of this year. Over the last two years, INMED South Africa has made significant progress in bolstering the capacity of people with disabilities to adapt to climate change. Funded by…

3 min.
world cheese awards postponed to 2021

The Guild of Fine Food has announced that the World Cheese Awards will not take place in Spain this year, amid ongoing concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the event has been postponed to 2021, with the town of Oviedo in Spain remaining the event’s host. Now set to take place between 3 and 6 November 2021, the 33rd edition of the competition will assemble the global cheese community at Oviedo’s Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos a year later than planned, as part of the Asturias Paraíso Natural International Cheese Festival 2021. Following many months of discussions between the Guild of Fine Food, the Principality of Asturias, the City Council of Oviedo and the Instituto del Queso, the decision was taken in order to ensure the safety of judges, organisers and the…

3 min.
demand for new macadamia planting material

50 YEARS AGO In the 1970s, macadamia nuts were still largely unknown in South Africa. However, some farmers could already see the crop’s potential. There is increasing interest in the crop, says Dr PJ du P Vermeulen of Rusticana, Brondal near Nelspruit. Macadamias are indigenous to Australia and were first brought to the Lowveld by the Citrus and Subtropical Fruit Research Institute, which established it as a crop in this country. “I heard about these new nuts some years ago. I was told that they had been very successfully received in America and that they had a promising future in the Republic. “The result was that about three years ago I established a nursery of macadamia trees on my farm using the information available from the research institute as a guide.” Seed was hard…