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Farmer's Weekly 27 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.
a path to resilience for food systems

The COVID-19 pandemic and related lockdowns may not have had a major impact on food production per se, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t had an impact on people’s ability to access food. As a new report published by Bowmans in collaboration with Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Complex Systems in Transition has shown, for millions of households across Africa the underlying causes of food insecurity, such as inequality, conflict and climate impacts, remain and have been exacerbated by job losses and inadequate social protection measures due to the pandemic. The report, titled ‘Food systems in Africa: Bringing COVID-19 response in line with Africa’s unique food challenges’, found that almost 150 million Africans were projected to lose part or all of their income as a result of the economic effect of the…

7 min.
satisfying the preferences of south africa’s international red meat markets

“Many South African red meat producers are keen to benefit from exporting some or all of their products to more profitable international markets. To do so, however, these farmers have to identify, and then consistently meet, a variety of requirements. For a start, a red meat exporter needs to know and understand the current state of South Africa’s red meat trade in fresh and frozen products, half and whole carcasses, and bone-in and deboned cuts. South Africa is a substantial net importer of mutton and lamb. Nonetheless, there is still an opportunity to increase its exports of sheep meat, as well as live sheep. Kuwaiti company Al Mawashi has already bought and successfully exported around 170 000 live sheep from South Africa since late last year. South Africa is a net exporter of…

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emerging farmers

CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & EXPOS 23 TO 24 NOVEMBER Nigeria Postharvest and Agroprocessing Summit (webinar).Visit agriquestafrica.com/niphas. 24 NOVEMBER Farm Lifestyle Agri-Expo, Polokwane. Email info@farmlifestyle.co.za. 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. 9 TO 10 DECEMBER Manufacturing Indaba (webinar).Visit manufacturingindaba.co.za/ conference. COURSES & TRAINING 23 TO 25 NOVEMBER Pig Farm Training, Groenkloof, Pretoria. Email Agri Skills Transfer at admin@agriskills.net, or phone 012 460 9585. 23 TO 27 NOVEMBER Hydroponics, Buhle Farmers’ Training Academy, Delmas.Email info@buhle.org.za. 23 TO 27 NOVEMBER Introductory Course in Beef Cattle Management, Agricultural Research Council Irene Campus, Pretoria. Email Mpho Makhanya at makhanyam@arc.agric.za, or phone her on 012 672 9153. 26 NOVEMBER Cattle Pregnancy Awareness, Bloemfontein. Email Lily Rothman at office@rltsafrica.com, or phone her on 078›546›7985. ONLINE EVENTS & COURSES 28 NOVEMBER The Festive…

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archives from our

4 DECEMBER 1998 The early fruit catches the export market 22 YEARS AGO A fruit farmer in Remhoogte shared his secret for the early ripening of fruit after a new product yielded remarkable results. A little bit of late October rain did nothing to dampen the high spirits of fruit farmer Driaan Vlok of Remhoogte, Riebeek Kasteel. He has taken the industry by surprise by nearing the end of his harvesting season when others are just beginning! Remhoogte is well known for its early fruit for the export market. It is one of the areas of the Western Cape that is well ahead of most others as far as export fruit and grapes are concerned. Riebeek Kasteel is generally some 18 to 21 days earlier than the remainder of the industry, depending on the…

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Sheep are farmed around the world for their meat, milk and fleece. In South Africa, the Merino, Dorper, Mutton Merino, Dohne Merino, Dormer and black-headed Persian are the dominant sheep breeds run on farms, particularly in the arid regions of the country. Here are a few interesting things you may not have known about sheep. 1. According to a study, sheep can recognise up to 50 other sheep faces and remember them for as long as two years. However, sheared sheep don’t recognise each other and may fight for a few days to re-establish hierarchy. Sheep can also recognise human faces. 2. Sheep are highly social animals, and exist in complex hierarchies. 3. Sheep make different vocalisations to communicate different emotions. They also display and recognise emotion by facial expressions and prefer a…

3 min.
the response to covid-19 and its impact on food systems

Earlier this year, the Brookings Institution provided a disconcerting view of sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA) circumstances, when Jennifer Blanke noted that “COVID-19 exacerbated the negative effect of locust swarms in the Horn of Africa, regional insecurity and conflict, climate-change-related droughts and flooding, all of which already collectively destroyed crops and the livelihoods of millions of African smallholder farmers”. With the year being largely dominated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it would seem that now would be an opportune time to reflect on what is known and not known about the pandemic. The global economy has opened up and countries have adapted, somewhat, to the reality of the pandemic’s effect on social culture, which includes wearing masks and social distancing. We know that generally, the global economy is headed for a steep recession.…