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Farmer's WeeklyFarmer's Weekly

Farmer's Weekly

06 December 2019

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.

South Africa
Caxton Magazines
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R1 075
50 Issues


2 min.
the dominance of supermarkets

The Grocery Retail Market Inquiry report, which was recently published by the Competition Commission, delivered a number of interesting insights into the way in which the South African retail sector has evolved, and it makes various suggestions for much-needed intervention to counteract the growing concentration of market power within this sector. Farmers and agribusinesses need to take note of the findings of this report because of the various implications they may have for suppliers of fast-moving consumer goods, which include highly perishable agricultural products such as dairy, meat, fruit and vegetables. At the release of the report in Pretoria, Prof Halton Cheadle, who served as the chairperson of the Grocery Retail Market Inquiry, said that the overarching objective of the inquiry was to get a deeper understanding of the grocery retail sector,…

1 min.
farmer's weekly

EDITORIAL TEAM EDITOR Denene Erasmus (denene@caxton.co.za) MANAGING EDITOR Janine Ryan (janiner@caxton.co.za) NEWS EDITOR Julinda Schroeder (julindas@caxton.co.za) ART DIRECTOR Vian Roos DESIGNER Louis Kruger CHIEF COPY EDITOR Paul Sulter COPY EDITORS Fanie de Villiers and Yvonne Fontyn DIGITAL EDITOR Sindira Chetty (sindirac@caxton.co.za) OFFICE ASSISTANT Prenusha Moodley EDITORIAL HEAD OFFICE ADDRESS 368 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall 2196 PO Box 1797, Pinegowrie 2123 TEL 087 087 8878 EMAIL farmersweekly@caxton.co.za WEBSITE farmersweekly.co.za SOCIAL MEDIA @FarmersWeeklySA JOURNALISTS NORTHERN REGION Pieter Dempsey 087 087 8787 (pieterd@caxton.co.za) Siyanda Sishuba 087 087 7037 (siyandas@caxton.co.za) CENTRAL REGION Annelie Coleman, Bothaville 082 862 9897 (ann@btbits.co.za) Sabrina Dean, Bloemfontein 082 222 9172 (sabrina@caxton.co.za) KWAZULU-NATAL Lloyd Phillips, Mooi River 084 505 9343 (phillips01@telkomsa.net) WESTERN CAPE Jeandré Van der Walt, Cape Town 021 001 2432, 078 422 2441 (jeandred@caxton.co.za) ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER Reinhard Lotz 087 158 0278 (reinhardl@caxton.co.za) JOHANNESBURG Andy Nxumalo 087 087 7067 (andyn@caxton.co.za) Francis Germishuys 087 158 0299 (francis@caxton.co.za) Velile Ncube 087 158 0298…

4 min.
the case for a national agri insurance plan

“The global population is expected to reach nine billion by 2050. Scientists have estimated that to supply adequate nutrition for every one of these people, food supply would need to increase 70% above present levels. Approximately 736 million people in the world live below the poverty line, which means they survive on less than US$1,90 (about R28) per day. The World Bank estimates that 413 million of these people live in Africa, and most are poorly educated, rural dwellers who rely heavily on agricultural activity. The growing demand for food places agriculture centre stage in the bid to ensure a peaceful and stable world economy. Thanks to access to modern technology and highly skilled farmers, food production has become more productive and sustainable. However, farmers’ ability to meet the growing demand for food…

2 min.
apricot festival

CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & EXPOS 29 TO 31 JANUARY 2020 Food Safety Management Systems, City Lodge Hotel, Umhlanga. Email Ray Ndlovu at info@b-a-a-conference.co.za. 18 TO 20 FEBRUARY 2020 Africa Agri Tech, The Maslow and Sun Arena, Pretoria. Email Willem Reyneke at willem@africa-agri.co.za. 19 T0 21 FEBRUARY 2020 Argus Africa Fertiliser Conference, Cape Town. Email Andrea Ribeiro›at fertsconferences@argusmedia.com. 3 TO 5 MARCH 2020 IPPS Annual Conference, Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge, Muldersdrift.Visit sa.ipps.org. COURSES & TRAINING 4 TO 6 DECEMBER Understanding Import/Export Documentation Procedures, The Hilton Hotel, Cape Town. Email Webster Chinyani at webster@oracle7.co.za. 6 DECEMBER Calf Rearing, Muldersdrift. Email Lily Rothman at office@rltsafrica.com, or phone her on 078 546 7985. 22 TO 28 DECEMBER EcoQuest Course, Makuleke, Kruger National Park. Email Terry Gouws at enquiries@ecotraining.co.za. 16 TO 21 JANUARY 2020 Commercial Gourmet Mushroom Substrate Design, Cultivation and Business Plan, Cape Town.Visit mushroomacademy.com, or email registration@ mushroomacademy.com. 30 JANUARY TO…

2 min.
how agri-parks can help emerging farmers

The following letter concerns the editor’s letter, ‘The failure of agri-parks’ (FW, 8 November). The editorial discussed how severely the former Department of Rural Development and Land Reform had failed in implementing the agri-parks project, launched by former president Jacob Zuma in 2015. Your opinion piece from this week has some generalisation, which fails to take into account the over-regulated industry that has paralysed not only farmers, but even the state, in effecting meaningful change in the lives of black farmers. I am a member of the Sedibeng Agri-park management committee, whose agripark is progressing despite the challenges of having to comply with town planning regulations, environmental impact assessments and water rights studies. All of these requirements restrict progress of any development, regardless of the industry. A GOOD MODEL I believe that agri-parks are…

3 min.
devoted to sa farming since 1911 from our archives

3 NOVEMBER 1965 Mid-city dairy farm 54 YEARS AGO The largest dairy herd in KwaZulu-Natal was once situated less than 4,8km from the Durban City Hall. Nestling among the stately homes of the Berea is the dairy farm with the highest production in Natal. Owned by a former mining engineer, CSW Butler, the farm covers only 10 acres [4ha] and daily production is 740 gallons [3 360ℓ] of milk from 275 cows in milk. The total number of animals is 400, and average daily production per cow is 27lb [12kg]. The dairy lies in extremely hilly terrain, which complicates the design and the day-to-day running of the dairy no end. It is run entirely on the cafeteria system, the roughages being hauled from farms outside Durban every day. There are eight brick-floored paddocks and eight…