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Farmer's Weekly 13 November 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.
whose fault is sa’s hunger problem?

South Africa has a huge food insecurity problem. Approximately 56% of the population live in poverty and 51% of people face moderate to severe food insecurity. In addition, more than a quarter of South Africans suffer extreme poverty and severe hunger. According to Dr Marc Wegerif, a lecturer in development studies at the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Pretoria, who spoke during a webinar jointly hosted by agricultural development company, FarmSol, and Farmer’s Weekly, 27% of five-year-olds in South Africa are stunted due to lack of nutrition during the first years of their early childhood. As if these figures are not bad enough, Wegerif said that they were moving in the wrong direction, with the number of people affected by food insecurity increasing due to job losses…

4 min.
surprise: africa’s farmers are relatively young!

“Over the past 20 years, sub-Saharan Africa has registered one of the highest growth rates for agricultural GDP in the world. There have been knock-on effects, with the region also seeing the fastest growth in off-farm employment and non-farm labour productivity. There is a widely held view, however, that Africa’s agricultural growth trajectory could be jeopardised by an ageing farm population because young people are fleeing from farming. Several sources indicate that the average age of Africans in farming has risen to 60 years or more. But we are unaware of any empirical evidence to support this claim. To understand what is really going on, we used nationally representative survey data collected by the government statistical offices of six African countries, namely Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Nigeria and Tanzania. Because these surveys were…

2 min.
farmer’s diary

Pig farming 23 TO 25 NOVEMBER THIS IS A YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMME THAT FOCUSES ON THE CARE AND FEEDING OF GESTATING SOWS, LACTATING SOWS, FEEDER PIGS AND FINISHER PIGS. EACH COURSE MAY FOCUS ON A PARTICULAR PHASE OF A PIG’S LIFE. CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & EXPOS 23 TO 24 NOVEMBER Nigeria Postharvest and Agroprocessing Summit (webinar).Visit agriquestafrica.com/niphas. 26 TO 27 NOVEMBER AGRICO International Conference (webinar). Visit agroconference.com, or email info@agroconference.com. 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 9 TO 13 NOVEMBER Introductory Course in Small-stock Management, Agricultural Research Council Irene Campus, Pretoria. Email Mpho Makhanya at makhanyam@arc.agric.za, or phone her on 012 672 9153. 16 TO 20 NOVEMBER Beef Cattle Production, Groenkloof, Pretoria. Email Agri Skills Transfer at admin@agriskills.net 23 TO 25 NOVEMBER Pig Farm Training, Groenkloof, Pretoria. Email Agri Skills…

3 min.
from our archives

15 NOVEMBER 1978 Why your potatoes are downgraded 42 YEARS AGO This article offered potato growers tips on how to avoid their potatoes being downgraded by government officials at fresh produce markets. It is conservatively estimated that at least half of the millions of pockets of table potatoes marketed by farmers in South Africa each year are downgraded at the point of destination by government inspectors, thus resulting in lower prices for the growers. One of the most common causes of downgrading is the presence of disease or insect damage, either on the skin of the potato or inside the flesh. When inspectors look at consignments arriving at markets, they do not only scrutinise the outside appearance of the product, but also cut samples open to see if there are signs of internal damage or…

4 min.
‘the haste to amend section 25 is unconstitutional’

The ANC is determined to use Parliament as a mere rubber stamp for its December 2017 decision to amend Section 25 of the Constitution to allow for expropriation without compensation (EWC). Parliament continues to go along with this and to pretend that it is doing a proper job on the most important legislative change since 1994. The ANC’s stratagem has always been to divide the Section 25 amendment process into three stages. In the first, it would get the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) to recommend a constitutional amendment. This would pave the way for the second stage, in which a parliamentary ad hoc committee would draw up a bill with the necessary wording. This would usher in the third stage, in which the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces would endorse the…

2 min.
trending in agriculture

MOST POPULAR ON FARMERSWEEKLY.CO.ZA RECORD POTATO PRICES IN OCTOBER BRING RESPITE FOR FARMERS Potato prices across all classes and markets reached record levels of more than R80 for a 10kg bag in October, surpassing the previous record set in 2016 of R63/10kg bag, according to Dr André Jooste, CEO of Potatoes South Africa. Read the full article at bit.ly/2TujbUG. Posted: 23 October 2020. FROM FACEBOOK @Farmer’s Weekly SA: FW followers shared their thoughts after a FW Facebook post highlighted ISSUES WITH THE 900 STATE FARMS to be leased to the public. READERS’ COMMENTS Lusi Cele: “I’m hoping my rabbit farming business can benefit from this. Earlier this year I approached my local office of the agriculture department for such assistance.” Simo Socikwa: “The list does not even specify what type of farming those farms were used for or are…