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Farmer's Weekly 30 October 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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Country:
South Africa
Language:
English
Publisher:
Caxton Magazines
Frequency:
Weekly

in this issue

3 min.
why every farmer needs a dog

I was 10 or 11 years old when I saw, for the first time, a grown man cry. Back then, the only veterinarian in town had an office across the road from the library. While I stood waiting outside the library for my mother to come and fetch me, a bakkie came speeding down the road, stopping in a cloud of dust in front of the vet’s office. A farmer got out and carefully lifted a heavy tangle of blankets from the back of the bakkie. There was a dog lying limply inside the blanket and the farmer was sobbing, his face streaked with tears. He had rushed to town with this small, broken body, praying that by some miracle the vet would be able to help put it back…

4 min.
covid-19 sees consumers turn to healthy, local food

“In times of uncertainty, consumers seek the comfort of the familiar. This was one of the main thrusts of a new report titled ‘The rebirth of home policy in fresh food’ by Euromonitor International. In addition, the report states, there is a growing desire amongst consumers to know and trust where their food comes from. EMBRACING A LOCAL HERITAGE The COVID-19 pandemic, and the way in which it has spread around the world, has reinforced consumers’ desire for ‘safe’ food. Because different countries have different policies and ideas of what is considered safe, local produce is perceived as safer than imported food in many countries and is therefore preferred. In addition, consumers are turning back to locally sourced food as a source of identity, and food and native ingredients that remind consumers of…

2 min.
farm security

CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & EXPOS 6 TO 7 NOVEMBER Environmental Waste and Landfill Management, Emperors Palace, Johannesburg.Email admin@maphosam.co.za. 26 TO 27 NOVEMBER Emerging Farmers and Agro-processing Conference, Protea Hotel Fire and Ice, Menlyn, Pretoria. Email Lindokuhle Nxumalo at lindo@empiretraining.co.za. COURSES & TRAINING 26 TO 28 OCTOBER Plant Production, Groenkloof, Pretoria. Email Agri Skills Transfer at admin@agriskills.net, or phone 012 460 9585. 27 TO 29 OCTOBER Dairy Processing: Cheese, Agricultural Research Council Irene Campus, Pretoria. Email Mpho Makhanya at makhanyam@arc.agric.za, or phone her on 012 672 9153. 2 TO 6 NOVEMBER Introductory Course in Pig Production, Agricultural Research Council Irene Campus, Pretoria. Email Mpho Makhanya at makhanyam@arc.agric.za, or phone her on 012 672 9153. 2 TO 6 NOVEMBER Sheep and Goat Farming Management, George. Visit rltsafrica.com/product/ nutrition-management-4. 9 TO 13 NOVEMBER Introductory Course in Small-stock Management, Agricultural Research Council Irene Campus, Pretoria. Email Mpho Makhanya at makhanyam@arc.agric.za,…

3 min.
room for more sheep in natal

33 YEARS AGO Despite the ‘old wives’ tale’ that sheep are difficult to raise, Horace Dainty said that following a few basic guideliness could turn a sheep operation into a profitable business. Natal’s sheep population can be considerably, and profitably, increased, says Horace Dainty of Lions River, one of the conveners of the now firmly established Natal Midlands Shepherds’ Club. Dainty points out that in large areas of the province there are no sheep, although recently there has been a notable change in the marginal sugar-cane growing areas of both Zululand and northern Natal with the introduction of sheep, cattle and goats. There is room for expansion, especially in extensive sheep rearing, using hardy breeds such as the Dorper, with possibly some feed supplementation during winter. He stresses that compared with intensive sheep…

4 min.
letters

A tribute to Dr Vuyo Mahlati On 13 October, it was announced that president of the African Farmers’ Association of South Africa, Dr Vuyo Mahlati, had passed away. Mahlati was a vocal champion for the development of emerging farmers, and showed great commitment to the transformation of the sector. She served as chairperson of the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture, and was a member of South Africa’s National Planning Commission. She was also involved in the development of the National Development Plan. Other than her work with organised agriculture, Mahlati was also the owner of Ivili Loboya, South Africa’s first commercial cashmere production facility. Her business employed at least 20 people, and sourced goats’ hair for processing from local smallholder farmers, particularly women. Mahlati, having attained her doctorate from Stellenbosch University,…

3 min.
government decision-making must become more agile

Global and local policy responses to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have shone a light on the effectiveness of governments to address urgent crises. The world is now almost seven months into the pandemic, and an assortment of government interventions has been witnessed, most of which have been unique and unprecedented in various respects. With the benefit of hindsight, we can now make some determinations on how well various countries have performed in containing the pandemic and ensuring food security. The second wave of COVID-19 infections across Europe and the US, as unfortunate as it is, presents an opportunity for governments to apply most of the lessons learnt from the first wave. In South Africa, such fears had already been hinted at as far back as June, when epidemiologists were modelling possible scenarios for…